Support For Coaches

Working in Partnership with The Football Association

The FA

Organisation

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of sport for the game of football in England and is responsible for all regulatory aspects. The FA’s coaching strategy aims to provide support to coaches at all levels of the game.

Background

The FA has a club mentoring programme that offers support on the ground to coaches within FA Charter Standard Clubs. The aim of the programme is to support the coaching workforce in their own environment both in training and match day situations. Throughout the conception and implementation stages, UK Coaching has supported the development of the programme. Using our expertise, we also assisted in the development of the supporting mentoring resource that all the programme’s mentors were to be given.

The pilot year was a great success, with 59 club mentors appointed and deployed in 118 FA Charter Standard Community Clubs selected by county FAs.

In order to expand the programme, a further 250 mentors were recruited. Before being deployed into clubs, the new mentors were required to attend an induction event at one of a number of regional locations. These events involved an orientation into the programme, as well as training in the role and skills of a mentor.

The FA approached UK Coaching to see if we could deliver some training at a number of venues for the new mentors.

Solution

UK Coaching provided a number of our expert mentor tutors of the ‘A Guide to Mentoring Sports Coaches’ workshop to support the four events.

The tutors delivered one-hour training sessions that included:

  • an overview of mentoring
  • its purpose
  • expected outcomes
  • key skills and attributes of a mentor.

They also helped the mentors to put these skills into practice.

Results

The events were a great success, with 250 mentors attending.

The FA felt having sessions delivered by experts in others sports, not just from a football background, was particularly valuable as it helped reinforce its approach to mentoring and resonated more with the mentors.

'The support received from UK Coaching in providing some generic principles has been well received by mentors. It has helped them to develop their role in providing mentoring support to coaches in various settings.'

Graham Keeley, National Game Coaching Workforce Manager, The FA

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