FA Skills Programme

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The FA Skills Programme is a unique football coaching programme that came to fruition in 2007 to affect the long term development of the national game. The programme gives players aged 5-11 years the opportunity to get active, learn new skills and enjoy the game. The FA Skills Programme is based on a unique FA coaching model (long term player development) that looks to develop the players technically, physically, psychologically and socially. Furthermore, The FA Skills Programme looks to bring to life The FA’s vision for players, as highlighted in The FA Future Game Documents: “To produce technically excellent and innovative players, with exceptional decision making skills”

The FA employs over 150 specialist coaches nationwide, with six of these coaches based in County Durham. Not only are The FA Skills Coaches specialists in coaching players aged 5-11 years, they have a real appreciation for child development; creating environments where the players are encouraged to play with freedom and expression, whilst understanding that making mistakes is part of the learning curve.

The six FA Skills Coaches in County Durham currently cover Sunderland, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Stockton, Durham City and Sedgefield Borough. By request and as time allows the FA Skills Coaches are also willing to work in other areas of the County.

Whilst the role of the FA Skills Coaches is wide and varied the main remit is to support FA Charter Standard Clubs; deliver curricular time PE lessons at Primary Schools; deliver at FA Skills Centres; and deliver at FA Skills Festivals.

Click here for further information regarding FA Charter Standard Club support and PE Lessons at Primary Schools.

Click here to find out further information about the FA Skills Centres and FA Skills Coach Contact details.

For more general information you can visit the FA Skills website or contact:

Name: Richard Shuffleton (Team Leader)
Contact number: 07943 862273
Contact email: Richard.Shuffleton@TheFA.com  

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