The Licensed Coaches Club replaces FACA and costs just £12 to affiliate every season.
Gareth Southgate, The FA’s Head of Elite Development, urged coaches from across the country to sign up and get involved as soon as possible: “The new Club recognises coaching as a proper profession and supports coaches who are keeping up-to-date with their qualifications and making a commitment to self-development and progressing through the system.
“It’s crucial that we’ve got people working in the game who have the right type of coaching qualifications. Grassroots and youth football relies heavily on volunteers but the quality of coaching is so important, especially when engaging youngsters.”
Coaches looking to sign up to the new Club must meet the following criteria:-
- Minimum of an FA Level One coaching qualification.
- FA or HSE Emergency Aid Certificate.
- FA Safeguarding Children certificate.
- FA CRB check.
Coaches signing up to The FA Licensed Coaches Club will receive a number of benefits:-
- Access to a new website with online resources, session plans, coaching news and a coaching network.
- Free England tickets (ballot entry for every England team).
- Discounts on FA Learning courses.
- Access to accredited local training events.
- FA Photo Coaching Licence.
- Option to purchase insurance, Public and Civil Liability and physio care.
- Option to sunscribe to The FA’s new coaching magazine, The Boot Room.
- Option to subscribe to UEFA coaching tool, TaxtX.
The FA’s Senior FA Learning and Tutor Training Manager, Jamie Houchen, added: “The new Club really underpins our National Game Strategy and we want to see a Licensed Coach in every team eventually as it shows dedication to ongoing learning.
“Coaches will receive Continual Personal Development every year as part of their commitment to self development and this can be done at County FA events or online for some qualification levels.”
Coaches with the following qualifications must commit to learning hours every year to retain their licence.
Level One – Three hours per year.
Level Two – Five hours per year.
Level Three/UEFA B – Five hours per year.
UEFA A & Pro Licence – Five hours per year.