John Ackerley

CEO Column: Opportunities for Coach Development

With the end of the season approaching and our County Cup finals underway, we’re entering a very busy period here at Northumberland FA. 

However, I wanted to take a moment to write this column as there are some exciting coaching opportunities available which I wanted to make everybody aware of.

Earlier this month we announced that we would be running an FA Level 3 (UEFA B) Course next season – a qualification which will help refine your coaching philosophy and understanding of the England DNA. In previous years, the demand for places on this course has exceeded capacity, and we expect the same again this time around. To ensure you understand what the course entails and how you should apply, we’re holding a workshop on Thursday 17 May, so please CLICK HERE for full details.

Those who are further down The FA’s coaching ladder can instead book their place onto our FA Level 1 in Coaching Football Course, which provides a valuable insight into the game and teaches participants how they can support the development of future players. This really is the starting point for any successful coaching career – and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Find out more and book your place by CLICKING HERE

As a County FA we champion equality, diversity and inclusion – and are proud to run a successful Inclusion Advisory Group, which provides expertise on all matters relating to inclusion across our business. Having a diverse coaching community is something we strive for at Northumberland FA, and I’m pleased to say that funding is now available to female and/or BAME coaches through The FA’s Grassroots Coaching Bursary, which can be used to subsidise the cost of FA courses. This is a fantastic opportunity but time is running out to apply, so please CLICK HERE to learn more.

Before I finish I’d like to congratulate our U18s’ goalkeeper, Callum Harley, on being awarded a USA football scholarship. This is a fantastic achievement and I speak on behalf of everybody at Northumberland FA when I say we wish you the very best of luck.

Enjoy the rest of your week.


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