FA Coach Mentor Programme
Offering on-the-ground support
This programme represents a major investment in the grassroots game and offers on-the-ground support to FA Charter Standard Clubs, leagues and target groups.
The FA sees the development of coaches as central to the development of the game, and working collaboratively accelerates learning and supports coaches’ development.
Mentoring support at a club could include:
- Developing a whole club philosophy
- Group coaching demonstrations
- 1:1 coaching, match-day observation and support
- Signposting to relevant courses and events
- Needs analysis for individual coaches
- Modelling of coaching sessions for individual coaches
- Individual feedback
- An individual learning programme
Birmingham County FA’s Senior Football Development Officer, Luke Bowles, recently caught up with our county’s FA Coach Mentor, Dave Lawrence, whose role is to support female coaches across the grassroots game.
We spoke with Dave about his background, current roles and how he can support our Female Coach Workforce in the grassroots game.
Watch our video below!
No. The FA Coach Mentor programme is a free FA initiative where a Coach Mentor can offer up to 100 hours of support per season.
Clubs that are keen to develop a positive coaching ethos, philosophy and develop their own in-house mentoring/coach support system.
Coaches can utilise this opportunity to start a legacy of positive coaching within their own clubs.
The FA Coach Mentor Programme is also committed to providing 5000 hours per season specifically to work with BAME, female and disabled coaches across the country.
If you are a BAME coach or working with BAME coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Steve Smithies with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a female coach or working with female coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Samantha Griffiths with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to – email@example.com.
If you are a coach with a disability and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Kevin England with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in becoming an FA Coach Mentor please check our website for vacancies. If no vacancies are available contact the Regional Coach Mentor Officer in your region who can provide an update of the programme in and around your area.
Please note that there two application periods throughout the season - June and December.
Pre-requisites to become an FA Coach Mentor are:
- Minimum FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
- Member of The FA Licensed Coaches Club
- Valid FA Criminal Record Check
West Midlands – Andy Somers – email@example.com
Regional Coach Developer - firstname.lastname@example.org
Get In Touch
Tor receive support from The FA Coach Mentor programme, please contact Regional Coach Developer - Steve.Prichard@thefa.com
Senior Football Development Officer - Luke.Bowles@birminghamfa.com
When making initial contact please include your name, club name, number of teams and County FA affiliated to.
The FA Coaching Bursary
An inclusive initiative designed to support more coaches from under-represented communities with a financial contribution to progress on their coaching pathways