FAW/Welsh Colleges Coach Education programme
15 November 2013

FAW/Welsh Colleges Coach Education programme

Partnership sees 218 more young coaches attend Football Leaders Award

Partnership sees 218 more young coaches attend Football Leaders Award

218 coaches aged 16-19 have attended the FAW Football Leaders award course during the 2012/13 academic year thanks to the partnership between the Welsh Football Trust and British Colleges Sport - West Region. The partnership was established in 2010 and had the aim of recruiting, educating and deploying young coaches within community clubs. The programme also aims to support the learner within curricular modules.

Paul Sanderson of British Colleges Sport said “The Football Leaders Course in invaluable to college students as it is the initial qualification on the coaching ladder and is a stepping stone for students becoming football coaches. For students wanting to progress into Higher Education, several universities insist on students having the Football Leaders Award before starting their university course, and for those not going to university, it helps with employment opportunities. A large number of students have used the Football Leaders Award to help them progress to either university and/or employment.”

Students who attend an affiliated college within Wales are able to access the Football Leaders Award at a discounted rate of just £15. Along with course attendance, students must complete 10 hours of community coaching within a supervised setting. Once this has been completed, the student receives their certificate.

Welsh Football Trust spokesman Jay Probert added "the key benefit for the Welsh Football Trust is we are increasing the number of qualified coaches who are able to work within community clubs. 218 students accessed the courses last year meaning there was an additional 2180 hours of voluntary coaching delivered. This can only benefit the growth of the grassroots game."

The partnership between the British Colleges Sport West Region and the Welsh Football Trust goes from strength to strength. Jay added " we are in the second year of the FAW Focus College programme. With eight colleges in Wales achieving this status colleges are continually demonstrating a motivation to benchmark themselves against a quality standards criteria."One of the key outcomes from this programme has been the cohesive approach to delivery and supporting one another's agendas.