Changes to Coach Education from 2021


As part of their new 4-year strategy, from April 2021 FA Education will take full responsibility for delivering and organising all coach education

This coincides with changes FA Education are making to the ways through which coaches can learn. In addition to face-to-face support delivered by the FA Grassroots Coach Development Team and Durham FA Coach Developers,
the tutor-learner interactions that underpin many of the courses, new digital learning opportunities are being introduced to give coaches the option to pick and choose learning that interests them and undertake it at a time that suits them. 

This modernised offer which utilises digital means in addition to the traditional face to face and pitch side sessions will open up more learning opportunities for coaches and help develop a culture of on-going learning. 

Will any existing courses be affected?

Yes. The first grassroots courses to be redeveloped and delivered online will be launched in April 2021:

• FA Level 1 
• Safeguarding Children Workshop 
• Introduction to First Aid in Football 

Below is a table which details the courses which will be affected and who will be  responsible:

 Course   Proposal
 FA Level 1   
FA Education will provide a remote learning offer to support all existing learners beyond Workshop 2
No face-to-face courses to be delivered from 1 January 2021.
FA Introduction to Coaching launched April 2021

In the interim you can complete the FA Playmaker. This course is for anyone interested in taking a more active role in grassroots football.
 FA Level 2   In-Situ support for existing learners can still be undertaken. 
No new courses to be delivered from 1 January 2021 by the County FA
The County FA are waiting for an update as to when the new course will be launched and delivered by the FA
UEFA B  Existing County FA UEFA B cohorts to continue delivery and finish by July 2021
FA Education will support legacy learners from 2017-18 & 2018-19 season through the Grassroots Coach Development team.
FA Education will review options for digital adaptations of any cohorts that are unlikely to complete by July 2021.
The County FA is waiting for an update regarding the future of this course.
Futsal & GK Level 1 & 2 No Courses will be delivered by the County FA.
The County FA is waiting for an update regarding the future of these courses.

FA Safeguarding Children

FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football IFAiF), 

FA Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF)

Coaches can re-certificate their FA Safeguarding online;

If you are not in this category then in the interim you must complete the Safeguarding for All until the E-Learning is ready.

Coaches whose IFAiF (EM Aid) has expired between the 1 February 2020 and 31 July 2021 will have an extension applied on their FAN records through until 31 July 2021.  You should have been contacted by the FA in August 2020.

If you are not in this category then in the interim you can complete the FA Sudden Cardiac Arrest & Concussion online modules until the E-Learning is ready in Spring 2021.

 FA Welfare Officers  Course (WOW) Now been delivered by FA Education. Click on the link to register.

What does this mean for the County FA? 

In the short-term we are working with FA Education on the transition of existing learners, but our long-term focus will be on Coach Development. 
Our aim will be to ensure our clubs receive the support they need to enable their coaches to provide great sessions for their players. 

Durham FA are currently working on a specific and individual programme for both our Clubs and Coaches which will include a blend of face to face and online delivery. Our own insight showed there is a real desire and need to continue face to face delivery due to the benefits it brings and it is something which we will offer. Once these are confirmed we will contact our Clubs and Coaches.

Want to continue your learning journey? 

Durham FA Coach Development Programme

The Programme aims to provide coaches throughout Durham County with a CPD package that will support their on-going development as a coach. Click on the link to register your interest.

Durham FA Coach development programme

The Boot Room

The Boot Room is a vital coaching resource and contains a range of different learning resources for coaches to explore; from articles on emerging trends and latest best practice to inspirational interviews, you can also browse FA learning opportunities and find the next step on your coaching journey. 


FA Play Maker

For anyone looking to take a more active role and volunteer in their local club or start their coaching journey, The FA Playmaker course, supported by BT, is a free online course providing users with the knowledge and skills to make a positive difference at their local club or team. You can sign up to the course at 

Once these challenging times are over, we are confident the combination of Durham FA & The FA Coach Development Programmes and Courses  will help coaches in the best way possible to provide safe, fun and engaging football experiences for players, helping them to develop their skills and to benefit from all the brilliant things that Football can provide.