Launched in September, the Norfolk FA Coaches Club has grown at a fast pace.
Coaches Club goes from strength to strength
Launched in September, the Norfolk FA Coaches Club has grown at a fast pace and has already begun enhancing the journey of coaches of all levels and interests across Norfolk.
The aim of the Coaches Club is to inspire, develop and support new and existing coaches involved in the grassroots game by providing a comprehensive development programme for the #NorfolkFootball coaching community.
Since launching we have hosted six, member exclusive, virtual Coaches Club events covering various topics such as coaching teenage players, goalkeeping masterclasses, and a question and answer session with our Ambassador, Cedric Anselin.
The events have been well attended and received positive reviews from members, whilst the presenters have commented on the benefit of high engagement allowing for in-depth conversations to take place.
Football Development Officer Harry Diggens leads on the development of the Norfolk FA Coaches Club and has expressed his delight on the success of the scheme so far: “The Coaches Club has enabled grassroots coaches in Norfolk Football to continue their own professional development, and I'm really pleased that in the space of five months we have virtually delivered six events covering a variety of topics.
“Members have had the privilege to engage in workshops with other like-minded individuals, hearing from a variety of coach educators and professional coaches in the game. We know this is just the beginning for the Norfolk FA Coaches Club and look forward to engaging with more coaches in Norfolk Football over the coming months.”
Below is a clip of Tom Weal’s virtual Goalkeeping Masterclass session that took place in January.
This Wednesday (24 February) sees us host a session with Matt Gill who will be delivering a session focused on the Social / Psychological corner.
Matt Gill is currently first team coach at Ipswich Town Football Club. This event is going to be split with the first half of the session focused on the social / psychological corner within Matt’s coaching journey, and the second half will be a question-and-answer session to finish off the evening’s event.
The Norfolk FA Coaches Club plans to expand further as early as next week, with members being invited to a new online coaching community - ‘The Tech Area’, where they can find recordings from previous events, conversations on various topics, exclusive offers and lots more.
Furthermore, the fast-paced growth and positive reviews of the Coaches has also generated interest from our commercial partners, resulting in additional benefits for our members.
Via their training brand ‘Finesse’, our partners Harrod Sport have committed to offering an exclusive discount on their Finesse range for Coaches Club members. Finesse will also be providing special offers and frequent opportunities to win coaching equipment over the coming months.
We’re also delighted to confirm that our partners Veo have committed to supporting the Coaches Club’s membership offer by providing a discount on their ground-breaking AI cameras to support local clubs and teams in taking the step towards match and player analysis. In addition, members will receive exclusive access to free usage of the cameras via the wider partnership with Norfolk FA.
Chief Executive Gavin Lemmon commented on the development of the Coaches Club so far: “We felt that the changes to Coach Education on a National scale presented an opportunity for us at Norfolk FA to create something bespoke that fitted the needs of the coaches we support locally, and I’m delighted to see such a positive response so far.
“The events we’ve hosted to date have been well-received, and some of our partners choosing to expand their support further is testament to the initial success of a programme we really believe in.
“The future of coach development in Norfolk is an exciting prospect and we look forward to working with forward thinking coaches and a variety of educators as we prepare for the arrival of 21/22.”