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.

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 delighted to welcome back Barney Jones as guest presenter for our next Coach The Coach clinic – to be held on Friday 27th March, 6.30pm-9.30pm at Cramlington Learning Village.  

Barney needs no introduction in this area, as in his role as FA Lead Tutor for our region he has delivered coach education courses all the way up to Uefa B level. Additionally, he owns and runs the highly popular website and many of you will have seen Barney deliver at previous events.  

In response to some of the feedback received, the theme of this clinic is “the principles of attacking play” and will be delivered as an insight into the FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate.  Barney will showcase the different formats involved on a Level 2 course and will use a variety of practices to identify the key factors of attacking play.

This event has been accredited by The FA as a CPD event for Licensed Coaches at L1 + L2, meaning 3 hours will be recorded to their file for attendance.  

Once again, this event is completely FREE, but you must enrol by calling 0191 270 1166 or clicking here using your FAN No and password. 

For this clinic, we are also offering YOU the opportunity to participate in the session. If you would like to join in, please tick the appropriate box online and ensure you bring boots, shin-pads and appropriate clothing for the night.   

For further information, please see the full event flyer or contact

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