FA Youth Award Module 2

Coaching Support

Coaching Support

We're committed to supporting our coaches - helping them to develop their practice and providing access to training and development opportunities.

Our Coach Education Development Officer Gary Middleton organises a raft of coach development events including our popular webinar series and our new podcast - From the Sidelines.

Look out for dates and times on the News section of our website or on our social media channels - Twitter and Facebook. They're also advertised on our monthly newsletter - sign up here.

All our webinars are available to view afterwards - see below!

Queries? Contact Gary at Gary.Middleton@northumberlandfa.com or on  07736 924860.


From the Sidelines Podcast series

 Have you checked out our new Podcast series?           podcast logo

Our coach development expert Gary Middleton interviews exciting guests from the football community and discusses their personal coaching journeys, alongside insights to help you improve your own practice.

Listen here now:

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Adam Colley - Creative Games


What do your games look like? The Creative Games webinar provides a chance to look at how creative game design can provide your players with challenge, competition and opportunities to problem solve. It will also show you how delivering activities that are as close to ‘the game’ as possible can have a huge amount of benefits.

Adam is a Coach Developer for a number of National Governing Bodies, including The FA, taking on roles as a coach, tutor, mentor and assessor. With over 21 years of delivery experience, he has delivered in a variety of settings and environments.





 Download Adam's Powerpoint presentation: Creative Game Design NFA 170122


Mark Scott, Learning designer at UK Coaching

Mark joined us to discuss: Learning Better - Want to be the Best Coach you can be?

This session explores what great learning experiences look like and how you can ensure the learning you do is making you a better coach. There will be lots of tips how you can do your personal learning better! 


Aaron Danks, England U21 Assistant Coach

Aaron joined us for a fascinating discussion around the England DNA


NUFC's Assistant Head of Coaching (U9-U16) Mark Atkinson


Mark joined us for a discussion on 'The No 9 - Where are our Young Strikers?'

Webinar with The FA's Graeme Carrick

FA Coach Developer Graeme Carrick joined us for this great webinar: Bridging the Gap - Coaching in the Youth Development Phase


Webinar with Jack Gray - Engaging players away from the training pitch


Jack Gray is a UEFA B coach who works at Sunderland AFC's Foundation of Light and Sunderland RTC. Here is discusses the techniques he's used to engage his players when they can't get on the training pitch


For Jack's slides click here.


 Webinar with Graeme Jones

AFC Bournemouth first team coach Graeme Jones joined us for a fascinating webinar discussing his career and coaching journey. 

Graeme joined Gary Middleton, our Football Development Officer, to answer questions and to talk about his personal experiences in the professional game.

He worked alongside Roberto Martinez over a period of 11 years with spells at Swansea, Wigan, Everton & the Belgium International squad. Last season Graeme managed Luton Town in the EFL Championship.

 Watch this great interview below:



 Webinar - Joe Danquah

Joe Danquah was the inspirational winner of our Grassroots Awards - Coach of the Year for Youth 2020. Here he talks to our Football Development Officer Gary Middleton about his football journey.



Webinar - Introduction to Futsal


We joined UEFA B Futsal coaches Alan Evans and Bruce Vause who examined how coaches can introduce futsal into winter training.



For Alan and Bruce's presentation, click here.




 Webinar - Futsal 4 Schools

We joined UEFA B Futsal tutors Bruce Vause and Alan Evans who discussed how to introduce Futsal into schools. 




For Alan and Bruce's slides, click here

Webinar - Supporting Goalkeepers


 Coach Education Officer Gary Middleton was joined by guests:

  • Adam Bartlett, NUFC Lead Academy GK Coach Professional Phase (UEFA B GK Coach) /
  •  Rob Elliot Professional GK with NUFC 2011-2020 / Republic of Ireland International (UEFA A GK Coach)


for an insightful look into: Supporting our GK's & how we incorporate them into our coaching practices

Watch this great webinar below:



For Adam Bartlett's slides, click here

Think, Plan, Do, Review Webinar


Coach Education Officer Gary Middleton welcomed special guests Ben Dawson, Head of Coaching at NUFC and Neil Winskill, Lead PDP Coach U18s NUFC, for a webinar on Think, Plan, Do, Review









Interview - Mel Reay


Watch our exclusive interview with Sunderland Ladies Head Coach Mel Reay  who presents her Coaching Journey - From Grassroots to Elite Women’s Game


Coach Education Officer Gary Middleton hosts this insightful interview with one of the most talented coaches in the game.

Here's our Coach Development Webinar from 28 May 2020:

Links mentioned in the webinar: 

UK Coaching, Mind and 1st4Sport – Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical activity course, usually £18 – now FREE until 31 August


 The FA Heads Up campaign   //www.thefa.com/about-football-association/heads-up

New Twitter Account solely for Coaching! @NorthumFACoach

 FA Learning YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCisPO86aEIhWRTnTS1vrSVw

The Boot Room  //www.thefa.com/learning

Mental Health Guidance document


The FA Education Courses Policies and Procedures

Education courses policies and procedures

Policy and procedures for all Northumberland FA courses
The FA Coach Mentor Programme

FA Coach Mentor Programme

Offering on-the-ground support
FA Welfare Officers Workshop

Criminal Records Checks

Find details of how to obtain a Criminal Record Check (CRC) if you need one – and lots of other relevant information.


FA Coaching Bursaries

Coaching Bursaries

Supporting grassroots coaches from under-represented communities
Safeguarding and Welfare


Everyone in football has a responsibility to make our game safe and enjoyable.

This is particularly true for coaches. A coach is in a privileged position. The nature of the role means he/she can have significant influence over children and young people and develop relationships of trust with children and their parents/carers. It’s therefore important that coaches understand their safeguarding responsibilities.

Find out how The FA and the Northumberland FA manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.