I’d like to congratulate Oli on gaining is full FA Youth Award after a successful assessment! The qualification comprises three separate modules; Developing the environment, Developing the practice and Developing the Player, as well as a final assessment in order to examine the coaches understanding and application of all the key elements included within Modules 1-3 of the FA Youth Award.

Developing the Environment represents a brand new approach to coaching and is essential for anyone involved in the junior game, at any level. Young players develop at different rates physically, technically, socially and psychologically. A mix of theory and practical sessions, coaches will learn how to motivate young players and manage their self-esteem.

Developing the Practice teaches coaches to develop practices appropriate for the maturity levels of their players. Coaches will be expected to deliver and evaluate coaching practices to address different levels of player development.

Developing the Player continues the progressive change in coaching philosophy. Complementing the knowledge learned on the preceding modules, this course teaches coaches to have a truly player-centred approach when coaching and development our young players.

In my opinion a good coach is an adaptable coach, we are presented with a wide spectrum of challenges every day, whether working with KS1 children learning to throw and catch or a group of elite teenage footballers at a premier league club.  Courses like the FA Youth Award better equip us to deal with these challenges, it is our job as coaches to create a positive learning environment and, in line with the Active Development  Coaching Philosophy, ensure that EVERY CHILD ACHIEVES.

I’ve attached links below of myself and Oli working with elite players and putting into practice some of the skills acquired from the Modules.

Oli working with a group of U8/9 Academy Players – Oli Higginson – Southampton FC

Nathan working with a group of U9/10 Development Centre Players – Nathan Loader – Southampton FC