Coach the Coach

The ‘Coach The Coach’ Initiative was set up in January 2011 as a partnership between Northumberland FA, Newcastle United Foundation, Complete Football and

Since then the partnership has run eleven clinics which have been attended by over 300+ local coaches from all levels of the game. Clinics are open to all grassroots coaches, regardless of qualifications, who are working from mini soccer through to senior age groups throughout the region.

Bi Monthly clinics are held at Complete Football, whilst in the intervening months clinics are held around the County as part of the Charter Standard support programme. These events are currently free to attend for all coaches at Charter Standard clubs.

Since the launch of the FA Licensed Coaches Club in August 2011, numerous ‘Coach The Coach’ clinics have been accredited as CPD events, enabling coaches to achieve their CPD hours locally – and in many cases for free.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is doing his bit to ensure Tyneside keeps producing the soccer stars of tomorrow. The first team coach has thrown his weight behind a new scheme which promotes coaching excellence across the area.

Called "Coach the Coach", the initiative aims to ensure coaches get the best possible training at grass-roots level by offering specialist training clinics for those guiding our youngsters.

The scheme is being led by Newcastle United Foundation, the club’s own charity, in partnership with Northumberland FA and Complete Football in Gosforth, Newcastle.

Monthly education clinics will be held at Complete Football, where the objective is to provide practical support to both paid and volunteer coaches to support the development of talented young players from this region.

Sessions are set to include practical drills, guest speakers and the chance to network and share best practice, as well as keeping up with the latest coaching trends.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew said: "The Foundation’s Coach the Coach Clinics provide people at all levels of the game with the opportunity to improve their coaching skills and learn more about how to get the best out of players.

"Within the sport we are always talking about ways to improve football at grassroots level.

"This is a great example of a way to do that, and this scheme can only be a good thing."

Newcastle United Foundation has promised workshops will provide coaches with fresh ideas and new practices to give quality support to those working between their FA Coaching Awards.

The new partnership is also set to deliver Northumberland FA’s Charter Standard Club Support programme.

The duo behind the programme are Foundation employees Neil Winskill and Ben Dawson, both Uefa ‘A’ Licence coaches and experienced at working with young players of all ages and abilities.

Neil, a former youth player at NUFC said, "The Foundation has an extensive coaching programme and last year we worked with 20,000 individuals.

"We are keen to extend our reach and develop our links with local teams.

"Coaching the coaches will in turn benefit young players in the region, girls and boys alike."

The scheme is open to coaches ranging from those working with mini soccer teams up to those working with players in senior teams.


Northumberland FA are pleased to endorse the following Coach Development website, which is a fantastic resource for coaches of all levels to utilise. The site contains coaching practices and sessions ranging from Level 1 games to Small Sided games, Phases of Play and Functional Practices.

Barney Jones, Lead Tutor for Northumberland FA and the creator of said "I created the online coaching library in response to requests from coaches and teachers of all levels who were looking for practical coaching ideas for their teams and clubs. I have been very fortunate to have a network of excellent coaches to provide me with appropriate material. The site now has over 800 members, and there are over 400 pages of information for members to access."

For further information and details, please visit:

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce a very special Coach The Coach Clinic ‘Master Class’ with legend Franco Baresi and coaches from AC Milan!!

This once in a lifetime learning opportunity will take place in Friday 5th September 2014, 9am to 5pm. The attached flyer includes all of the finer detail.
This Coach The Coach Clinic ‘Master Class’ gives coaches of any level the chance to enjoy a unique VIP day observing and gleaning knowledge from one of the greatest players ever to play the game. The day will take an in-depth look at the training methods of the revered Italian side with Franco sharing his expertise on “Defending The Italian Way”.
The cost for the day is £85pp to include: -
The opportunity to spend the day learning from legend Franco Baresi and the coaching staff from AC Milan Academy
Video presentation on the AC Milan Training Methodology
Two hour observed training demonstration led by Franco and his staff, using the excellent facilities at the Newcastle United Academy
Breakfast, lunch and all refreshments throughout the day
Luxury coach travel between St James’ Park and Newcastle United Academy
Behind-the-scenes access to our world-famous stadium and guided tour
Event gift

World Cup Winner, Franco Baresi; “I am very pleased to return to Newcastle where I have fond memories. I look forward to seeing you all on the 5th September”.

Neil Winskill, Newcastle United Foundation Football Development Manager; “This is a monumental coup for the North East, our Foundation and the club. Franco is truly one the best defenders to have ever played the game and to have him come to our club to share his experience and coaching ideas is a ‘not to be missed’ opportunity. Franco and the AC Milan Academy staff will not be doing this again in the UK and we hope that coaches from all levels embrace the chance to learn from this footballing legend”.

Your booking can be made by our Administration Team on 0191 201 8451 (office hours between 9am – 5pm). Places cannot be reserved without payment.

Please note there are only 120 places available for this Master Class and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

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