What is the FA Coach Mentoring Programme?
The FA Coach Mentor Programme is an investment in grass-roots coaching, offering on the ground support within FA Charter Standard Clubs, providing a process whereby a coach is actively engaged in being guided towards acquiring new knowledge, feedback, ideas or advice by a trained mentor. The aim is to supporting a coaching workforce in their own environment, both in training and in match-day situations.
Ten FA Mentors will work with clubs across Durham County and offer up to 50 hours of free mentoring. The role of the FA Mentors is to support coaches in their personal development and enable them to become better coaches. The aim is to support a coaching workforce not only in their training sessions but also how they translate their coaching into match day situations.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is about supporting and encouraging coaches to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the coach they want to be.
• Focused on the other coaches needs
• Solution focused
• Long term
Mentoring is not:
• Defined by narrow outcomes
• One or two quick visits
• An older and wiser head telling you what to do
Mentoring involves considerably more than merely passing on ‘survival tips’ or ‘tricks of the trade’ or even caring about coaches well-being. Rather, its promise lies in ‘its capacity to foster an inquiring stance, which has the potential to inform insightful learning, particularly in relation to understanding the holistic and complex nature of coaching’.
A mentoring programme will only work if clubs and coaches choose to be part of the programme.
The intentions of the FA Coach Mentoring Programme are to:
- Improve coaching in grass-roots football
- Up-skill and support coaches to develop knowledge, confidence and skills
- Bring the Future Game to life in grass-roots clubs
- Improve match-day behaviours
- Retain coaches in the game
- Support individual learning
- Cascade the model/network of mentors and leave a Sustainable legacy
- Retain players in the game through better coaching practice
How to get involved?
The programme is open to FA Charter Standard Community Clubs who want support in their development. For more information please contact Andy Brown on 0191 3872928or email Andrew.Brown@DurhamFA.com
For further information about the scheme please click here - www.thefa.com/my-football/coach/fa-coach-mentor-programme/improving-coaching-in-grassroots-football
For more information on becoming an FA Licensed Coach please visit here.