FA Skills

Coaching in Education


Often a player's first involvement in football will be within education.

Be it the first stages of primary school or the final stages of University, providing opportunities for children and young adults to play football in an educational setting is important to us.

In order to ensure these opportunities remain available we have a number of initiatives designed to support educators (teachers, sports coaches) and inspire those being educated.

Get in touch

Daniel McElhone
Football Development Officer (Education)

T: 0191 3872928 (Option 4 then Option 6)

E: Daniel.McElhone@DurhamFA.com

FA Lidl Skills Programme

The FA Lidl Skills is a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11s of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game. We’ve been providing high quality football coaching courses for children since 2007 and have to date provided over 8 million child places on the programme, aiming to provide 1.2 million coaching opportunities per year.

The FA Lidl Skills is a nationwide initiative run by The Football Association and funded by Sport England. We provide after-school football coaching, holiday football coaching, support for charter standard football clubs and we also work within primary schools providing specialist football coaching. Our aim is to develop better and more technically gifted football players but also to give every child the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

FA Skills

FA Secondary Schools Programme

The FA Secondary Schools Programme puts "football at the heart of school life".

Football has the unique ability to capture the hearts and imagination of school children, enhance everyday school life and play a key role in supporting whole school improvement.
This can be achieved through The FA Secondary School Programmes, which is football’s lasting commitment to providing schools with child friendly programmes, high quality services that schools value, while actively engaging with teachers to ensure we complement their work.

It’s free to be involved, simple to sign up and a whole range of benefits are readily accessible. 

Related Articles

View All