If so, you may be interested in reading the experiences of previous candidates.
Phil Enderby shares his experience below:
'I became a qualified FA coach back in 1986 & coached through to the early part of the 1990’s, but due to a variety of reasons I stopped coaching football & turned my attention to cricket & became a qualified coach with the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
In the summer of 2015 my two sons took up mini soccer & I was approached to see if I would consider coaching their team. Having been disillusioned in the 1990’s with coaching methods, attitude of parents & the priority of physical attributes over technique & creativity, together with win at all costs mentality, I apprehensively took up the offer.
However, it was on the proviso that I would get up to date with qualifications & training. My sons had also joined a club with good values & ethos & the club were also very supportive towards my development.
I took my FA Level 1 course in May this year & was really impressed with the huge difference in attitude & approach from my previous experiences. I had fallen in love with the game again & have a real desire to coach again. Without doubt this was re-enforced with the professionalism of the FA course tutor, Jamie Godbold.
Jamie is a model professional with an excellent knowledge of the game & coaching. His personality & enthusiasm is infectious, he makes everyone feel relaxed & creates a positive learning environment.
Once I had successfully finished this course I wanted to learn more & continue on my development journey. I have attended various CPD events hosted by the Suffolk FA, mainly run by Jamie, they too have been excellent. Having attended a Suffolk FA futsal CPD event run by Andy Reynolds I was inspired to learn more about this game as I believe it has huge benefits to player development. I enrolled on a futsal level 1 course in November & again very impressed with the way in which Jamie ran this course – first class & inspirational.
I am now enrolled on the new FA Level 2 coaching course (end of block 1), run by Jamie & Andy & I have already booked onto blocks 2 & 3.
In the next two years I aim to achieve the FA Level 3 Award (UEFA B).
As coaches we aim to inspire young players & leave a lasting positive impression on them. Also as coaches we seek good role models & inspiration, both Jamie & Andy have already made a huge positive impression on me in a short space of time. I have enjoyed every session I have attended & learned so much from them both. I now have a real passion to coach again which is largely down to them.
I have been very impressed by what the FA is now delivering, where it wants to take the game & the support to coaches development. If Jamie & Andy are the bench mark of FA tutors then the game has a bright & exciting future & I want to play my part in it too.
Thank you for re-lighting my fire.
Phil Enderby 08/12/16