For some a dream role - football coaching jobs range from amateur through to Premiership and even Country level. So what does a football coach actually do?
Offering advice, tips and technique, football coaching jobs look at not only performance, fitness, technical skills and team working, but also to develop strategies and tactics for individuals and team. To become a football coach in the UK requires qualifications that are approved by the Football Association (FA).
Courses are offered at various sports centres and facilities, and are planned and delivered by every county FA. Football coaching jobs are not as common as you may think.
The initial course for most people is the FA Level 1 Club Coach. It is the UK's most popular course and an ideal introduction to coaching. There are no entry requirements, simply the desire to improve your skills and understanding of the game.
If you already have some experience you may be able to start with the FA Level 2 Club Coach. Again, this is an open entry course, but if you don't already have your Level 1 qualification, then relevant coaching experience is recommended. The higher FA Coaching qualifications are the Level 3 UEFA 'B' and UEFA 'A' Licence.
There are also NVQS are available at Level 2 and Level 3 in Coaching, Teaching and Instructing (football). Entry to this is via the generic level 1 NVQ award Active Leisure and Learning.
An alternative route is to study for a degree in coaching, sports science, sports studies, movement studies or physical education. Many of these courses offer the chance to study in sports of your choice as part of the programme.
Whichever route you take, it is vital to work with other coaches and different groups of players with mixed abilities in order to broaden your experience.
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