MY LEVEL 1: BRYN'S BLOG
saw Norfolk FA's Digital Marketing Apprentice, Bryn Hughes take his first step
on the FA coaching ladder as he began the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football at
The FA Level
1 Course is the entry level award for coaches working in grassroots football,
giving them the tools, knowledge and experience they need to ensure you can
better support the development of future players. It also allows them to
progress up the coaching ladder with the next step being The FA Level 2. To
find out more about The FA Level 1 in Coaching please click here.
currently holds a player/coach role at Yaxham FC and below are his thoughts and
observations after attending the first day of the Level 1 Course.
outset the Tutor, Lawrence York, made it clear that there would be a relaxed
atmosphere while attending and workshops on the course and that everyone should
feel comfortable whatever their involvement in #NorfolkFootball.
activity of the day was to ensure that you were sat with people who were
coaching in similar environments and age groups to yourself. I sat on a table
with coaches who were involved in the older age groups of youth football and
above. This meant we were able to share ideas and problems throughout the day
that we encounter in our Club environments and help each other.
For the rest
of the morning we discussed what was important to our own coaching styles and
‘how we coach?’ as well as delivering a game in groups that we would use within
our Clubs. It was great to see the contrast in the room of what different
coaches said were really important to them and this was reflected in the
activities that were delivered and then analysed by Lawrence and the rest of
we were introduced to the Principles of Play, Technical Components and the
England DNA. Lawrence made it clear that these should be included in whatever
session we were going to be planning and delivering as a coach. As I had only
viewed football from a player’s point of view before it was interesting to see
how much thought and preparation goes into a single practice.
The rest of
the afternoon was spent on the 3G pitch outside with Lawrence demonstrating
various warm up games that we could use. The first four practices that Lawrence
displayed were all variations of games the different groups had delivered in
the morning. I was surprised at how easily he turned an ‘okay’ session into a
more engaging and competitive session with a clearer purpose. The other
practices Lawrence delivered were all great examples of how increasing player
ownership meant participants would get more out of the training. All of the
practices were adaptable to make them relevant to any age/ability of player
meaning both the U7 coaches and adult coaches were taking things away that they
I am looking
forward to this Saturday to see what else I can learn as well as catching up
with the other coaches on the course.
Follow @NorfolkCountyFA on twitter to see
the latest updates from Bryn's Level 1 Course taking place at theFDC,