COVID-19 Course Delivery Update Nov 2020

Suffolk FA Course Delivery Update

Following information provided by The FA, Suffolk FA are now in the position to be able to provide details relating to the future delivery of coach education.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, no local course delivery took place between March and August 2020. During September and October Suffolk FA managed to deliver a limited number of level 1, IFAiF and Safeguarding courses, ensuring strict Government guidelines and risk assessments were adhered to. This provided learners with the chance to complete their qualifications face-to-face.

Suffolk FA are fully committed to supporting all ‘in flight’ Level 1, Level 2 and UEFA B candidates, and a separate communication will be sent to all relevant individuals in due course.

There will be changes to the delivery of coach education in the New Year.

FA Education are committed to supporting football coaches in the role that they do, at every level of the game. As part of their new four-year strategy to further improve support to coaches and the game, from April 2021 FA Education will take on full responsibility for delivering all coach education.

This change coincides with improvements FA Education are making to the ways through which coaches can learn.

In addition to face-to-face support delivered by the Grassroots coach development team and the tutor-learner interactions that underpin many of the courses, new digital learning opportunities are being introduced to give coaches the option to pick and choose learning that interests them and undertake it at a time that suits them.

This modernised offer which utilises digital means in addition to the traditional face-to-face and pitchside sessions will open up more learning opportunities for coaches and help develop a culture of on-going learning.

In the short-term Suffolk FA are going to be working with FA Education on the transition of existing learners, but the long-term focus will be on coach development.

Suffolk FA aim will be to ensure clubs receive the support they need to enable their coaches to provide great sessions for their players.

From next year Suffolk FA will also be working with FA Education to deliver an exciting programme of learning opportunities across a range of topics relevant to coaches and the grassroots game.

Although COVID-19 is having a significant impact on delivering any coach education, there are lots of immediate opportunities to continue your learning journey.

The Boot Room is a vital coaching resource and contains a range of different learning resources for coaches to explore; from articles on emerging trends and latest best practice to inspirational interviews, you can also browse FA learning opportunities and find the next step on your coaching journey.

For anyone looking to take a more active role and volunteer in their local club or start their coaching journey, The FA Playmaker course, supported by BT, is a free online course providing users with the knowledge and skills to make a positive difference at their local club or team.

The Boot Room


The FA Playmaker 


Once these challenging times are over, Suffolk FA are confident the changes to coach education will help coaches in the best way possible to provide safe, fun and engaging football experiences for players, helping them to develop their skills and to benefit from all the brilliant things that Football can provide.

Further guidance from The FA in relation to how Charter Standard accreditation and Annual Healthchecks will be affected by this news is awaited. 

Suffolk FA will communicate with you in relation to this matter as soon as we are in the position to do so.

It is also hoped to relaunch the Suffolk Coaches Academy, put together a completed CPD programme to continue coaches’ development on a local level, launch a Suffolk coach mentors programme and relaunch the Suffolk coaches Twitter page.

Suffolk FA would like to place on record their sincere thanks and gratitude to all the coach education tutors, past and present, for the dedication, energy and professionalism they have brought to course delivery, and the significant positive impact they have made on countless individuals involved with grassroots football across Suffolk.

If you have any questions please contact Suffolk FA County Support Officer Ruth Ward on 01449 616606 or via email: