coach mentoring

FA Coach Mentor Programme

The FA sees the development of coaches as central to the development of the game, and working collaboratively accelerates learning and supports coaches’ development. 

The FA Coach Mentoring Programme was introduced in season 2013/14 to develop a national cohort of FA Coach Mentors to enhance coaching in Charter Standard Clubs.
The programme offers club and individual opportunities for support from an FA Club Mentor, providing targeted support to challenge coaches to excel in their work and enhance their coaching standards. The aim is to support the coaching workforce not only with their training sessions but also how they translate their coaching to match day situations. This season we have transitioned into a geographical model, placing our mentors across the county who will be able to support coaches and clubs with their area on a needs-led basis.

Coach Mentors will work with specific projects, supporting:

  •  FA Charter Standard Clubs
  • Specific target groups (BAME, Female and Disability)
  • Grassroots Clubs
  • Football Leagues
  • Coach Education in a Mentoring capacity


Mentoring support at a club could include:

  • Developing a whole club philosophy
  • Group coaching demonstrations
  • 1:1 coaching, match-day observation and support
  • Signposting to relevant courses and events
  • Needs analysis for individual coaches
  • Modelling of coaching sessions for individual coaches
  • Individual feedback
  • An individual learning programme


The aims of the Mentoring programme are to;

  • To  mentor and support coaches working in Grassroots football
  • To improve the standards or grassroots coaching through observation, feedback and action planning
  • To work with Clubs to provide bespoke support linked to their coaches needs through either individual, small group or club based events
  • To support coach development, focusing upon the knowledge, skills and attributes to be an effective coach
  • To support and develop planning – delivering and  reflecting skills
  • To support coaches with mentoring in their clubs to ensure a legacy of coach development in clubs across the county


 


meet the somerset fa coach mentoring team:

I became involved in the Coach Mentor programme to provide children and young players with the best experience possible through football; this involves working with individual coaches, clubs, leagues and the Somerset FA to enable player experiences to excel. The more our children enjoy the game, the longer they will stay playing leading into further involvement through coaching or even coach mentoring.

Connor.Sidley-Adams@thefa.com

I have been involved with the coach mentoring programme for the past 3 seasons; it is something I feel is very rewarding in terms of helping develop coaches and support grassroots clubs. In my other roles as FA affiliate tutor and head coach with Bristol City Community Trust, I feel I have a lot to offer in terms of support and advice. Not only can I support those that are at the beginning of their coaching journey but also those who feel they need support with CPD and other areas of coaching. Having been involved with a variety of grassroots clubs throughout the county in various capacities from playing, refereeing and coaching I hope that we will continue to see the development of these clubs and coaches through this programme.

Geoff.Stevens@thefa.com

I presently live in Ilminster and I have been coaching for over thirty years. I have successfully managed teams at semi-professional level and have also managed two different county teams.I was one of the first Tesco skills coaches to be employed by the FA.I achieved my FA A licence award in 2007 and have been a tutor for the FA since 2002.I have been a mentor since the start of the programme. I am presently head lead coach at the academy within Yeovil Town FC having worked for Portsmouth FC and Southampton FC.

I feel that having experienced every level of coaching and teaching all ages I want to be able to help all coaches achieve their ambitions and enjoy giving the children a safe enjoyable learning environment in which they can reach their potential.

Ian.Thompson@thefa.com

The Mentoring role has given me an excellent opportunity to continue my learning journey, and to work with the fantastic and extensive grassroots Football workforce within my region. I am currently a sports lecturer delivering various coaching modules to our BTEC and Degree students at Richard Huish College and I have been involved with the Somerset FA disability coaching programme for 4 years; alongside studying for my doctorate at UWE. The Mentoring programme has allowed me to meet some fantastic people who are very interested in sharing good practice, and being a part of their development is extremely rewarding.

Lee.Ballard@thefa.com

I have been coaching locally for the last 15 years and have been involved with the FA Mentor Programme for the last 3 seasons. I am extremely fortunate as I work within football every day. During season 2016/17 I have worked with two local clubs, I also coach two teams.

A single concept underlying the mentoring programme appealed to me, I believe in this and can relate to it: ‘Better coaches = Better players.’ 

Can I be a better coach? Yes, but even more importantly I strive to be a better coach. Can we all be better? Definitely. Working collaboratively is one approach which can be very effective.

With this notion as a starting point, it makes perfect sense to push on, challenge ourselves and try to be the best coaches we can be for the benefit of the players, the wider game and not forgetting ourselves. My view is: Where we are in our coaching journeys at this moment in time has some relevance, but where we're going is way more important.

I enjoy meeting coaches, both experienced and those at the beginning of their coaching journeys. Shared practice is best practice - we can all learn loads from each other, let’s do our best to raise standards locally, regionally and nationally.

Phil.Rochford-Smith@thefa.com

I am the Disability Football Development Officer for Somerset FA and started my coaching journey at 16, following the coaching pathways in mainstream football, disability football, goalkeeping and futsal; I have worked in the male, female and disability football for the past 13 years. I achieved my UEFA B and Youth Award qualifications in 2015, which has allowed me to coach in various settings from grassroots clubs to football in the community schemes to professional academies.  Before becoming a Coach Mentor I played over 250 games in South West grassroots football from youth leagues through to adult.

Becoming a coach mentor gives me a fantastic opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with other coaches, not only developing coaches and supporting them on their journey, I strive to help all coaches, clubs, officials and volunteers to become the best they can be, positively influencing a domino effect to support the development of players, clubs and leagues, giving everyone the best football experience possible within Somerset "

Stuart.Wells@thefa.com

Register your interest to receive support from the coach mentoring programme below

Register my interest

Coaches4Coaches

Coaches4Coaches is a group of coaches who get together to discuss Football, Coaching and how we can improve the experience for players.

The group, facilitated by FA Coach Mentor, Phil Rochford Smith, rotates around different football clubs in North Somerset with the coaches leading the content.
FAQs

No. The FA Coach Mentor programme is a free FA initiative where a Coach Mentor can offer up to 100 hours of support per season.

Clubs that are keen to develop a positive coaching ethos, philosophy and develop their own in-house mentoring/coach support system.

Coaches can utilise this opportunity to start a legacy of positive coaching within their own clubs.

The FA Coach Mentor Programme is also committed to providing 5000 hours per season specifically to work with BAME, female and disabled coaches across the country.

If you are a BAME coach or working with BAME coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Steve Smithies with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to – steve.smithies@thefa.com.

If you are a female coach or working with female coaches/players and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Samantha Griffiths with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to – samantha.griffiths@thefa.com.

If you are a coach with a disability and would like some support from one of our Coach Mentors, please contact Kevin England with your name, club name, age group and the County FA that you are affiliated to kevin.england@thefa.com.

If you are interested in becoming an FA Coach Mentor please check our website for vacancies. If no vacancies are available contact the Regional Coach Mentor Officer in your region who can provide an update of the programme in and around your area.

Please note that there two application periods throughout the season - June and December.

Pre-requisites to become an FA Coach Mentor are:

  • Minimum FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
  • Member of The FA Licensed Coaches Club
  • Valid FA Criminal Record Check

North West – Steve Smithies – steve.smithies@thefa.com

North East – Graeme Carrick – graeme.carrick@thefa.com

East Midlands – Samantha Griffiths – samantha.griffiths@thefa.com

West Midlands – Andy Somers – andy.somers@thefa.com

East – Darren Moss – darren.moss@thefa.com

South East – Kevin England – kevin.england@thefa.com

London/ Armed Forces/ Jersey/ Guernsey – Kevin Green – kevin.green@thefa.com

South West – Ciara Allan – ciara.allan@thefa.com

Get In Touch

To receive support from The FA Coach Mentor programme, please contact Sarah Nickless.

Email Sarah.Nickless@somersetfa.com