London FA Coaches Conference Xtra Time

Sunday 5th June saw the first London FA Coaches Conference ‘Xtra Time’ take place at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal Community Hub. Over 100 grassro

The event kicked off with an introduction from The FA’s Head of Grassroots Coaching, Les Howie, who outlined the new coaching course structure.  Workshops then followed across a range of topics including Mentoring in Football; The Quarter Pitch Coach; and Developing Players through The FA Girls England Pathway and delivered by Richard Horner (FA Youth Coach Educator), Kevin Green (Regional Coach Mentor Officer) and Gavin Step (FA Elite Women’s Coach Developer).

Over lunch, London FA Coach Education partner, Hudl, led demonstrations of their video analysis software to a large group of attendees who were treated to a unique insight to just some of the world class video analysis software Hudl hope will help revolutionise grassroots football across the UK.

A jam packed schedule continued throughout the afternoon with a mix of Safeguarding Children and Emergency Aid workshops; and coaching workshops such as Behaviour Management and Encouraging Creativity in Chaos delivered by Academy Foundation Phase Coaches from Reading and QPR.

The event concluded with a Q & A session with The FA’s Head of Talent ID, Richard Allen, and former professional footballer, Michael Johnson, currently Cardiff City U21s coach and compered by County Coach Developer, Anthony Ferguson.

London FA’s Interim CEO, David James, commented “We have been lucky enough to have a wide variety of leading presenters and tutors to support the learning and development of our coaches.  I’m sure those in attendance will have gained new ideas that they can incorporate into their coaching sessions back at their clubs.”

For further information on new coaching structure visit (http://www.thefa.com/st-georges-park/discover/coaching/fa-education-faqs/new-fa-level-1---2-courses).  If you have any questions around coach education in London, please contact neil.fowkes@londonfa.com.  London FA will be announcing details of the new courses in the coming weeks.

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