Get Involved in Football Coaching

Find out how you can become a qualified football coach

Last Updated: 18/08/12 2:59pm

The likes of Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho spend plenty of time on the training ground trying to improve the skills of their players - so why don't you do the same?

"The foundations are coaching young players at the age of eight, nine and 10 and making sure they have got the basics they need."

Stuart Pearce

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103,000 coaches are qualified to work in football across the country but the Football Association wants that number to double by 2018.

The first step on the coaching ladder is the level one qualification, which tests your first-aid skills and ability to work with children, and culminates in a 15-minute practical examination.

England Under- 21 coach Stuart Pearce told Get Involved: "I think you have to start from the bottom and lay the foundations, and those foundations are coaching young players at the age of eight, nine and 10 and making sure they have got the basics they need."

Plunge

There are also 20,000 female coaches in Britain and Danielle Collins, who set up a football team so that her daughter could play, is relishing her foray into training youngsters.

"As my daughter got older she got football fever but there was no team for her age, so I decided to take the plunge, did my level one coaching and it's been great," said Collins.

The Uefa A licence is required to coach at a higher level and over 1,000 coaches in Britain hold this badge, with hopefuls put through their paces at the FA's new purpose-built venue, St George's Park, in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Coventry Ladies manager Paul Cudby has been educated at the centre and he revealed why he loves being a coach.

He said: "When you see a player take in a piece of information, whether that's by you telling them or by discovery, and they then carry that out in the right situation there is nothing better than that as a coach."

For more information on how you can become a qualified football coach, hit this link.