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Fancy being a footy coach?
Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson subs David Beckham
Would you substitute Becks?

You don't have to want to be the next Sven-Goran Eriksson to be a football coach.

Anybody can do it.

It doesn't matter if you're a parent wanting to coach a 5-a-side team, or a teacher fancying a bit of coaching experience.

There are loads of different courses run by the FA that can set you on the way.

You don't even need to have done it before.

And even if you have done a little bit of coaching, there are plenty of opportunities to extend your experience.

The first step towards being a qualified coach is to enrol on one of the FA Coaching Courses.

The good news is that they take place at national sports centres and at every County FA across Britain.

The best introduction for any wannabe coaches with little or no experience is the FA Level 1 Club Coach.

It's the UK's most popular coaching course.

To qualify you just need to have an interest in coaching and the motivation to improve your skills and understanding.

Through the FA Learning website you can book and pay for any national course, view the details of local courses and download an application form.

Perhaps you've already got a bit of experience and you fancy jumping in at a higher level.

The four levels are:

  • FA Level 1 Club Coach

  • FA Level 2 Club Coach

  • FA Level 3 Uefa B Coach

  • FA Level 3 Uefa A Coach

    It's obviously up to you how far you want to move up that coaching ladder.

    And remember, not only will any coaching course be good for you.

    But your team could be reaping the rewards as well!

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  • The main benefits? One is that kids get to know children from outside of their school.
    - Sandie Belcher, coach and mother


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