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Football coaching course for teachers and students

12 January 2009

Teachers, trainee and assistant teachers, and sport science students will be able to gain an understanding of the essential skills related to football coaching on a Football Association Teaching course at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The six hour course for coaching primary school children is led by a Football Association tutor and will take place on Saturday 31st January 2009 from 10am – 4pm at the University’s Gymnasium and at the Stodmarsh Playing Fields, Canterbury.

Participants will learn how to organise a small football game with basic rules leading to a full game situation. Lesson planning is covered in detail on the course and looks at progression in performance for coaching primary aged children.

Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive the Football Association Teaching Certificate Key Stage 2, a recognised qualification in the teaching profession.
Sport and Recreation Officer at the University, Kim Debling, said: “We are delighted to be able to develop the essential skills of football coaching for participants regardless of their playing experience. The course is administered by FA Learning Qualifications and the qualification is recognised within the teaching profession. This course is excellent for non PE specialist primary teachers working in education and is especially good for those looking to enter the teaching profession.”

The event is open to the public and costs £40 for students and £46 for non-students. No playing experience of football is required.

For more information and to reserve a place on the course contact Canterbury Christ Church University’s Sports and Recreation Officer, Kim Debling, on 01227 782679 or

Notes to Editor

The FA Higher Education Project in Football

The FA Higher Education Project in Football is funded by The Football Association and coordinated by sports coach UK.

For further information about reimbursement of the course fee visit the University’s webpage at

Sport and Recreation at Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University offers an extensive programme of sport and recreational opportunities at every sporting level for all members of the University. All sport and fitness activities, facilities and sports coaching programmes are open to all Canterbury Christ Church University Students regardless of sporting expertise. The University aims to make sport and fitness enjoyable and accessible to all.

The sport and Recreation Officer organises an extensive programme of self-funded, Sport Coaching courses for a range of National Governing Body Sport Coaching Awards, in a variety of sports. Additionally, a number of sport related Short Courses are available. Coaching is considered to be a very important aspect of sport, often contributing to the quality of an individual’s sporting experience. When undertaking any of the Sport Coaching Courses, individuals should be aiming to gain the information and skills required to further their involvement in their chosen sport and coaching in general.

The Sport Course programme is particularly useful for trainee teachers (primary and secondary), sport science students and anyone with an interest in a specific sport or wishing to pursue a coaching career. Many of the courses are also a pre-requisite for taking further and higher levels of coaching awards.

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