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 release details of our annual Summer Convention which will take place on Sunday 28th June at Cramlington Learning Village. This is a full day event accredited by The FA at all levels for CPD and we have 3 outstanding presenters for you:-


Joe Sargison:


Joe holds the FA Professional Coaches Award (Level 5), is an FA Tutor, Youth Coach Educator (5-11) and has previously worked at Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Atalanta BC in Italy. His session title is “Using various session formats to coach the individual within a group setting” 

Tim Dittmer:  

Tim is The FA’s National Goalkeeping Coach and currently leads on the Advanced Youth Award (Goalkeeping). A member of the England U19’s Technical staff, Tim has previously worked at Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Bradford City. His session title is “Your Team, Your goalkeeper”

Ben Dawson:  

Ben is currently Newcastle United U21 Coach, having previously worked for The FA as a Coach Educator, Newcastle United Academy and Newcastle United Foundation.  Ben also holds the FA Professional Coaches Award and has been part of the “Coach The Coach” initiative since inception. His session title is “Developing your style of play – including roles and responsibilities in your formation – through the use of video analysis” 

Licensed Coaches at Levels 1 & 2 will receive 2 hours CPD, whilst those at Levels 3 & 4 will have 5 hours awarded.  

To attend, which costs just £20 for the full day and includes a packed lunch, simply enrol online here  or call the office on 0191 270 1166.  

Please note the online enrolment form is for the full day and CPD hours will be accredited accordingly after the event. 

For further information please see the attached Event flyer or call 0191 270 1166. 

We hope to see you on the 28th June for what should be a fantastic day of learning.

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