Digital Marketing Apprentice, Bryn Hughes has taken his first steps on the FA
coaching ladder as he has completed the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football
face-to-face Workshops, at theFDC.
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 final workshops of the Level 1 Course.
the third day, once again reflecting on the learning from the previous day of
the course. We discussed three things: what we had learnt, what knowledge we
had confirmed and what had challenged us on the course so far. For myself I had
learnt that getting the ball ‘in-play’ as much as possible is a huge thing as
it gives players more ownership. I confirmed the knowledge I had about having a
single focus per training session as it allows players to develop specific
techniques or tactics. The part I felt challenged me was about the planning of
sessions because I like to see things in action and then adapt and change them.
However, the way Laurence showed us the different ways of planning and preparations
For the third
and fourth days we had a change of Tutor as Shaun Howes took us through the
final parts of the course. We spent the third day learning about the ‘Future Player’
and about match-based practices. Shaun showed us The FA’s ‘Four-Corner Model’
which displayed the four components of a player; Technical & Tactical,
Physical, Social, and Psychological. We discussed in our groups, how we should
manage and coach different players as they will all have different needs. We spent
the rest of the morning outside with Shaun; he showed us some match-based
practises with specific restrictions which allowed you to concentrate on a different
area of the England DNA. It was interesting to see how by introducing different
progressions, you could adapt a match to work on all kinds of things.
We spent the
afternoon planning and delivering match-based practises in our groups, we were
able to try new things in a safe environment and receive valued feedback about
our sessions. Shaun was brilliant at giving us the freedom to develop our own practices
but was always approachable when we needed guidance or questions answered.
workshop was on Tuesday evening where we discussed the Matchday and how we
conduct ourselves as well as preparing for the day itself. We discussed
different scenarios that Shaun posed to us about the Matchday and how we would
adapt and handle the situation. It was interesting to see that almost everyone
had a slightly different opinion on what should happen in a given situation.
Shaun emphasised to us that we should be transparent with all our players,
their parents (if required) and other coaches; this would allow everyone to
understand our decisions. We finished the evening looking at the responsibilities
of a coach and all agreed that it was to ensure everyone was having fun playing
the game we love.
On the course
it was great to have two different tutors to see the slight differences and
approaches they have to coaching. It meant that I could draw different things
from each about how I wanted to deliver my sessions back in my Club
environment. Thanks to both Laurence and Shaun for making the course really
interesting and fun.
I will take
everything I have learnt back to my club and will look to continue my coaching
journey whether that is The FA Level 2 Award, Coaching Disabled Footballers or
The FA Goalkeeper Coaching Level 1 Award.