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As a coach, your skills are essential for teaching and developing players at every level of football and can never be underestimated. To give their players the best opportunity to develop, achieve their maximum potential and importantly, enjoy the game, coaches must be aware of the latest techniques and philosophies involved in coaching the game.

Football is changing. Players are quicker, stronger and more creative. Teams work harder, cover more distance and face more challenges than ever before. As the game gets quicker, the role of the coach can never be underestimated. North Riding FA provides a series of training courses and development opportunities for coaches from Level One right through to working in partnership with the FA in providing guidance to those coaches that wish to progress to the most advanced UEFA Pro Licence. The courses we offer Coaches are packed with expert knowledge and cover all areas of player development. 

There are three strands of coaching courses:  

  1. The main strand covers the entry Level One coaching certificate and leads up to the UEFA Pro License held by top club and national side managers.
  2. The second strand features specialist courses, including Goalkeeping, Futsal and Disability Football.
  3. The third strand covers the widely acclaimed ‘Age-appropriate’ courses, including The FA Youth Award. 

If you are already volunteering your time in coaching but without a recognised qualification, why not enrol on the FA Level One Certificate in Coaching Football course which is available in numerous venues across the county so it is highly likely a course is near you. This course provides an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for players. The course will provide practical drills to develop players’ technical skills such as shooting, turning with the ball and heading. It is ideally suited to those working with groups of young players. Whatever your level of coaching, if you aspire to develop your coaching skills North Riding FA are here to help you every step of the way. This will include learning about The FA’s Long-Term Player Development programme which explains the 'four corners' of a player’s development: technical, physical, social and psychological and will give you the skills to pitch coaching at the right level for different players.   

North Riding FA requires all coaches in our FA Charter Standard clubs to be FA qualified in order to ensure quality technical development for players. We see this as crucial to ensure players develop under coaches with the right skills and our commitment to this is to encourage and support qualified coaches to continue to develop themselves for the benefit of their team too. This support will also include several open invitation ‘Coaching Events’ throughout the year to help you hone your skills and pick up useful tips with help and advice from FA National Coaches and opportunities to join the FA’s Licenced Coaches Club. 

If you would like more information on gaining an FA qualification in Coaching Football or would like to develop your skills further, please contact Paul Stephenson on 01642 717772 or email

We are here to help you every step of the way!

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