The FA Coach Mentor Programme

FA Coach Mentor Programme

Offering on-the-ground support

Developing our coaches further

The FA Coach Mentor Programme represents a major investment in the grassroots game and offers on-the-ground support to FA Charter Standard Clubs, leagues and target groups.

The FA sees the development of coaches as central to the development of the game, and working collaboratively accelerates learning and supports coaches’ development.

Mentoring support at a club could include:

  • Developing a whole club philosophy
  • Group coaching demonstrations
  • 1:1 coaching, match-day observation and support
  • Signposting to relevant courses and events
  • Needs analysis for individual coaches
  • Modelling of coaching sessions for individual coaches
  • Individual feedback
  • An individual learning programme

In 2016/17 the FA Coach Mentor Programme supported 9,383 coaches and 615 clubs.

Get In Touch

For more information on the FA Coach Mentor programme please contact:

Ciara Allan - South West Regional FA Coach Mentor

By Phone:  07812 670154

By Email: ciara.allan@thefa.com

 

When making initial contact please include your name, club name, number of teams and the County FA that you are affiliated with.

Alternatively register your interest below.

Register you interest

DORSET FA COACH MENTORS

Alex Browne is based in Weymouth and has been part of the mentoring programme for the previous 3 years. As a UEFA A Licence coach Alex also fulfils the role of a FA Coach Educator for Level One, Level Two, UEFA B, as well as Safeguarding Children Workshop and Emergency Aid. Alex has a variety of coaching experience across his 15 years both in an elite and grassroots environment.

 To contact Alex please email: Alex.Browne@TheFA.com

Graham Parkes is based in Poole and has been part of the mentoring programme for the previous 3 years. Graham is a UEFA B coach, and is about to commence in the Advanced Youth Award. Graham has undertaken a number of roles in grassroots and academy football from coaching, mentoring, welfare, respect, council membership and chairperson of a local grassroots club. Graham is currently coaching U14’s in both an academy and grassroots environment and has experience from U5’s through to adult and disability football. 

To contact Graham please email: Graham.Parkes@TheFA.com

 

Leah has Coached at a variety of grassroots & elite clubs, schools and colleges (PE teacher in primary schools and also at special needs schools). She is an FA Affiliate Tutor for new Primary Active Literacy Programme. 

Leah has also:

  • Spent 2 years coaching at Yeovil Town Ladies with FA WSL development squad and then FA WSL 2 first team.
  • Coached at Girls ACC and Cerebral Palsy Regional Talent Centre.

She is currently coaching South West Cerebral Palsy United FC Senior (Mens) & Junior (8-16) Squads, Yeovil Town Player Development Centre and Advanced Goalkeeper Center (under 8's - under 12's).

She has a special interest in supporting female coaches and the female game along with coaches working with disability teams and successfully won McDonalds UK Football Mum of the Year in 2015. 

She is very passionate about helping coaches to give every player opportunities to access fun, engaging and progressive football, allowing them to become the best players that they can be. 

To contact Leah please email: Leah.Poole@TheFA.com

Did you know?

In 2016/17:

- The FA Coach Mentor Programme supported 9,383 coaches and 615 clubs.
- There are 3 Coach Mentors in Dorset for the 2017/18 season Alex Browne, Graham Parkes and Leah Poole.
- As a team they will invest 450 hours to support coaches in Dorset for season 17/18. This represents an investment of £11,250.

From July 2017 – Dec 2017:

- Dorset FA mentors invested 188.5 hours to support coaches in Dorset
- This represented an investment of £4712.50 to support grassroots coaches in Dorset FA.
- Dorset FA mentors supported 103 coaches.

FA COACH MENTOR FAQ'S

No. The FA Coach Mentor programme is a free FA initiative where a Coach Mentor can offer up to 100 hours of support per season.

Clubs that are keen to develop a positive coaching ethos, philosophy and develop their own in-house mentoring/coach support system.

Coaches can utilise this opportunity to start a legacy of positive coaching within their own clubs.

The FA Coach Mentor Programme is also committed to providing 5000 hours per season specifically to work with BAME, female and disabled coaches across the country.

If you are a BAME coach or working with BAME coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Steve Smithies with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to – steve.smithies@thefa.com.

If you are a female coach or working with female coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Samantha Griffiths with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to – samantha.griffiths@thefa.com.

If you are a coach with a disability and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Kevin England with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to kevin.england@thefa.com.

If you are interested in becoming an FA Coach Mentor please check our website for vacancies. If no vacancies are available contact the Regional Coach Mentor Officer in your region who can provide an update of the programme in and around your area.

Please note that there two application periods throughout the season - June and December.

Pre-requisites to become an FA Coach Mentor are:

  • Minimum FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
  • Member of The FA Licensed Coaches Club
  • Valid FA Criminal Record Check

The South West Regional FA Coach Mentor is Ciara Allan.

Ciara Allan – ciara.allan@thefa.com

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