The FFA have recently revised and updated the Community Coach Education Program. Regardless of your playing or coaching background, Football Federation Australia has developed courses to suit all coaching levels and tailored them to ensure training is appropriate for the age of the players the coach is working with.
The introductory course is the Grassroots Football Certificate (for 6 – 8 year olds), where you learn to structure your session using three components – Beginning, Middle and End.
As the needs of players change so too does the terminology used to describe each component. In the Skill Training Certificate (for 9 – 12 year olds) FFA use three session components which are Skill Introduction, Skill Training and Skill Game.
In the Game Training (for 13 – 17 year olds) and Senior Certificate (for 17 years plus) there are four session components which are called Warm Up, Positioning Games, Game Training and Training Game – these will be explained in greater detail at the appropriate course.
The main purpose of the Community Coach Education Program is to provide you with a range of “tools” to shape your coaching future and to help you plan and conduct suitable age appropriate training sessions. The community courses have been redesigned to be totally practical with a big emphasis on giving the participant many coaching opportunities as well as getting continuous feedback by presenters and your peers throughout.
Please click on the below link to access the Community Coaching Course Manuals from the FNSW website
It is recommended that all new and existing coaches attend an age appropriate course. Courses will be offered throughout the season – please monitor the SSFA website.
The courses are largely practical in nature so you will get to experience first-hand some of the latest methods and techniques used in the FFA National Curriculum. You will also receive FFA recognised accreditation and an opportunity to meet fellow coaches with similar objectives.