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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After the tremendous success of our latest event with Gareth Southgate, we are delighted to confirm that our next event will take place on Friday 28th February, with guest presenter Geoff Pike. This event will be held at a new venue for Coach The Coach, as we visit the recently opened 3g facility at Cramlington Learning Village.

Geoff, who is now the FA’s Head of Coaching Awards, is delivering a clinic on “playing with a No 10” and as such the event has been accredited by The FA for Licensed Coaches at Levels 3 and 4 who will receive 3 hours CPD for attendance.

An ex-professional footballer who played 15 years at West Ham, 2 years at Notts County and 2 years at Leyton Orient. Geoff was part of the West Ham team that won the FA cup in 1980 beating Arsenal 1-0. At the end of his playing career he moved into coaching and before working as a national FA coach educator where he has been for seven years, he held a Regional coach position with the PFA for nine years. A vastly experienced and forward thinking coach, we are delighted that he has accepted our invitation to visit the North East.

As ever, attendance at the event is by prior enrolment only and places are strictly limited. To enrol, simply register online here with your FAN No and password or alternatively call the office on 0191 270 1166. Individual cost is £6 – There are NO discount group bookings.

For more information on the event, please see the attached event flyer or contact or

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