SJFA reached a further milestone on 26 November when 18 coaches completed their FA Level 1 In Coaching Football Qualification. This is a momentous achievement for the SJFA since its inception 2 years go and establishes the foundation for the club and the coaches. What was also pleasing to see was the age range of coaches who achieved this; with the youngest coach age 16 and the oldest at age 50+. Throughout the weeks the coaches have had early starts and late finishes to complete both the theory and practice modules in conjunction with the online modules. The enthusiasm, energy, passion and execution was evident immediately during the training sessions. This was a key objective for the ONE TEAM; to develop the coaches and ultimately the training sessions they deliver to the boys on Sundays.
The FA Level 1 in Coaching Football Qualification is the first stepping-stone on the core coaching pathway. It provides with an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age. The course provides all learners with an insight into the game in England, how it’s played and how you they can coach to better support the development of future players. All the SJFA coaches were introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and reviewing individual football coaching sessions.
Throughout the course the coaches were introduced to the England DNA (How We Coach, How We Play, How We Support and The Future Player); The FA 4 Corner Player Development Model which will help the SJFA coaches to gain a better understanding of the long-term development of their players as a whole person; The FA Plan, Do, Review Model, helping the coaches to construct appropriate practices and sessions for their players; and a series of practical coaching ideas, giving them the ability to recognise the various ingredients that make up safe, fun and engaging practices to help the SJFA players develop.
The course of learning was made up of eight guided learning, face-to-face workshops covering a range of topics linked to the England DNA, as well as some directed learning opportunities via three e-learning modules hosted on The FA Learning Management System (LMS). The e-learning modules cover core topics including the role of the coach, long-term player development and The FA Plan, Do, Review model.
The course introduced some key aspects in the following:
- Player and coach development
- The FA’s Respect Programme
- Laws of the Game
- An introduction to The FA’s Long Term Player Development Model
- An introduction to Football for All
The course also provided (as separately organised workshops) the following:
- FA Emergency Aid
- FA Safeguarding Children in Football
The intention is to provide the other coaches with the same opportunity to complete their FA Level 1 early in the New Year. The ONE TEAM is also working with the FA to roll out FA Level 1 in Futsal for all the coaches.
I would like to thank Rashid Abba the FA tutor who delivered the course content. He has been impressed with the SJFA set up and mentioned how “we had something special here”. His final parting comments…”over the course you (the coaches) have really inspired me”. I would like to also thank Hussein Pirbhai (Head of Development) for driving this key objective and Safraz Valjy (Head of Operations) for the logistics over the last few weeks. A special mention to SIM for their efficiency and support in arranging the classroom and pitch facilities. However, the biggest thanks has to be to our coaches. Once again they have shown what they are prepared to put in for the betterment and development of our youth and the community at large.
Salaams & Duas
Mohammed Valjy – SJFA Chair