Young Suffolk coaches pass course

Young coaches are put through their paces on the Suffolk FA level one course at Bacton FC

Young coaches are put through their paces on the Suffolk FA level one course at Bacton FC - Credit: Archant

TWENTY-TWO young coaches from around Suffolk have successfully passed their level one coaching course.

The 16 to 20-year-olds had to plan and deliver a 15-minute practical session to their peers at Bacton FC during their assessment day last Friday as well as completing the course work in their folders.

The course, which was part funded by Suffolk Sport and Suffolk FA, looks to give coaches the opportunity to step on to the coaching ladder and gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Phil Woolnough, the FA’s course tutor, said: “Twenty-two young coaches successfully passed their FA Level one coaching badge today. All the young people taking part displayed a level of commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm that gives me no doubt that they will be successful in their coaching and also their other endeavours.

“They have all shown a level of maturity and skill beyond their years showing once more that age is not a barrier that should concern us when selecting new coaches.”

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The candidates now have the opportunity to coach either as a volunteer or as an employee. A number of them are already involved in grassroots football, which is a great bonus for Suffolk clubs.

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