Coaching in Education

Since the government made a major announcement on School PE & Sport, which will see a £150m per annum investment into Primary Schools ring fenced for the provision of high quality PE & Sport, The Football Association has committed to creating a PE & Coaching in Education Unit to support those delivering association football in an Educational setting.

"The Association for PE (afPE) has clear guidance on workforce qualifications for coaches working in the school environment. In partnership with 1st4Sport Qualifications we have developed a bespoke vocational qualification providing a recognised professional learning pathway for coaches.

Any adult supporting teachers in a physical education or school sport capacity should be qualified to a Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) Award and working towards a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (L3CSDPESS) or equivalent." (afPE, March 2013).

Details on this new course can be found by clicking on the link here.

The expectation is that this requirement will be met by 2015.

For more information please contact Chris Welburn, Regional PE & Coaching in Education Coordinator (North East) at  

Teacher CPD

Does your school require bespoke teacher workshops, inset around teaching football and invasion games in PE Lessons?

This could include:

  • Principles of teaching invasion games
  • Teaching football in the new National Curriculum
  • Developing Cross Curriculum links through football
  • Inclusion and differentiation through football
  • Running the School Team

The FA Primary Teacher’s Award (Pilot)

This course is a 6hr course designed for existing primary teachers and trainee teachers to enhance both their confidence and subject knowledge in teaching football in PE and SS environments.  This practical course enables candidates to explore aspects of physical education such as developing physical literacy, the principles of teaching and learning through invasion games, and organising and managing games to promote learning and enjoyment for all pupils.

The course can be delivered in one day or as 2 x3 hr workshops. The course is free for teachers/trainees and for the institution hosting the course (a practical venue is required).  Candidates will receive a certificate and access to FA web resources (being developed).

For more information please contact Chris Welburn, Regional PE & Coaching in Education Coordinator (North East) at

Primary Schools Coaching from FA Skills

The FA Skills programme works with over 1700 primary schools and 4500 teachers a year, providing specialist, afPE accredited, lessons using fun football based activities to contribute to the Invasion Games curriculum, the coaches also provide direct support to the class teachers.

The coaches will typically work with a primary school in their county one day a week for the duration of half a term, providing specialist and age appropriate lessons for all ages from Reception to Year 6.  The programme’s revolutionary approach is truly child-centred, is for all ability levels and focuses on class and individual learning needs. As well as helping to develop the technique, ball skills and confidence of children in primary schools, The FA Skills coaches pass on invaluable lesson ideas and guidance on to their teachers.

If you are a teacher and The FA Skills coaches have been working with your school, the coaches will provide you with resources to allow you to carry on teaching the programme. Additional free teacher support resources are also available online here …

The Skills team take a strategic approach to delivering in primary schools, however if you would like to find out more about the schools delivery and support please contact the Durham County FA Skills Team Leader, Richard Shuffleton at

FA Courses
England DNA Coaching and Playing Philosophy
FA Skills Programme