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DCFA Involvement in Education

Football can be a big part in schools, colleges and universities. Whether it is part of the physical education structure or actually representing your school, college or university, inspiring children in schools helps develop the next generation of players and get them involved in the game.

Derbyshire County FA take an active approach to football in education and have a dedicated member of their football development team assigned to creating links and establishing partnerships within education. Derbyshire County FA work across Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education in different guises with a view to creating opportunities to participate, compete, lead and develop in the game. Derbyshire County FA also have a close link with Derbyshire Schools FA to help provide the competition elements of Schools Football and Schools Representative Football. 

Primary Education is covered by the members of the FA Skills team who cover the county. Their job is to work predominantly with primary schools to create better opportunities for 5-11 year olds and to upskill the teaching staff around them to create a lasting legacy within the game. They will also look to work with the local FA Charter Standard Clubs in the area to provide exit routes to sign post players to. Teachers can have opportunity to educate and develop themselves through the FA PE & Coaching in Education Co-ordinator, who provides a range of training opportunities and courses. 

Secondary education establishments have the opportunity to sign up to the FA Secondary Schools programme, where they can access a range of resources to develop football within the school and to use football to cover other areas of the National Curriculum. The FA Secondary Schools programme covers four different areas – Intra School Football, Inter School Football, Leadership and Volunteering and Community Football and school are encouraged to work with the County FA to develop across all four areas but can be selective in how they want to develop.

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FA Skills

The FA Skills programme supported by Lidl works in thousands of schools each year. Sessions are set against the requirements of the PE National Curriculum and aim to not only develop the skills of the children but also the skills of the teachers. Whilst the development of technique stays with the children, FA Skills coaches will aim to pass on guidance and ideas to teachers to develop their delivery of football sessions to children.

FA PE and Coaching in Education                      CO-ORDINATOR

The FA has made significant investment into deploying Regional PE and Coaching in Education                Co-ordinators whose remit is to develop and quality assure the football which takes place within Primary and Secondary education. Their role is to work with both teaching staff within education and external providers who deliver within schools to ensure they are meeting criteria set out by the Association for PE (AfPE) and to support them in gaining AfPE qualifications. 

The FA PE and Coaching Education Co-ordinators also look to work to deliver the FA Primary Teachers award, a bespoke course to further develop the delivery in primary education. This is a 6 hour course designed for existing primary teachers and trainee teachers to enhance both their confidence and subject knowledge in teaching football in PE and School Sport environments. This practical course enables candidates to explore aspects of physical education such as developing physical literacy, the principles of teaching and learning through invasion games, and organising and managing games to promote learning and enjoyment for all pupils.

Junior Football Leaders

The FA Junior Football Leaders Award, awarded by FA Education, provides a basic introduction to the leadership skills required when involved in football. The course introduces four areas: assisting football activity sessions, an introduction to refereeing, helping with a team and different football events. In addition to these areas, Respect, promoting and developing the game are embedded.

FE and HE Football

In both Further and Higher Education, the respective sports organisations for each sector take a lead in the development of football. Within Further Education, it is the Association of Colleges Sport (AOC Sport) and English Colleges FA and for Higher Education it is British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).

Derbyshire County FA work closely with the education institutions and the associative bodies to develop football within them and for the local community around them. Both in FE and HE, the Community Football Hub programme is utilised and mirrors the work within secondary education. Colleges and universities will deliver on a tiered system across four areas of football development – participation, competition, leadership and volunteering and community football.

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