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Last Updated: Monday, 25 July 2005, 17:08 GMT 18:08 UK
FA eyes future with Online courses
Sir Trevor Brooking helped to launch the FA Online courses
Brooking getting behind the sport

The Football Association's range of online courses have been described as the "most comprehensive in the world."

If you're interested in making a career out of this beautiful game then this could be the perfect opportunity to build your skills.

FA director of development Sir Trevor Brooking believes the courses would help raise standards in the game.

Eleven courses are available for coaches, parents, fans and players at all levels, on topics such as coaching, child protection and fitness.

Sir Trevor told BBC Sport: "As a governing body we will be judged by the access we provide to the grassroots.

"These courses are a great way of sampling what's involved and building your confidence before you do the more practical stuff.

"Football coaching must move with the times and governing bodies such as the FA must enable students to access courses in the easiest and most appropriate format. For many, that is the internet."

Students who complete courses receive FA Learning certificates that can be used to help qualify for other FA courses.

One person to have already benefited from completing his first online qualification (Psychology in Soccer) is Roger Blackmore.

The momentum building up towards 2012 will be massive
Sir Trevor Brooking

Having already passed his FA coaching courses at levels 1 and 2, the Buckinghamshire coach has just been appointed a talent scout at Queens Park Rangers.

Blackmore has also taken the Fitness in Football course and believes the online developments are "fantastic".

"If you're going to do coaching you want to do it to the best of your ability and this includes learning about the game," he told BBC Sport.

"In the modern world many people are pushed for time and find it very difficult to actually attend a course.

"Working online, if you've got half an hour here, or an hour there, you can dip in and out of it over a six-month period and become a very improved coach."

With the long term development of the game at the heart of the initiatives, Sir Trevor said the development of the courses were "perfect" with the Olympics coming to Britain.

"These are very exciting times," he added. "The momentum building up towards 2012 will be massive.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in the game. These online modules will benefit football and many sporting generations to come."


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