Do the Club’s Coaches have to go through any FAI training courses?

Yes they do!

Anyone coaching children in the club will be sent on a day course which is the FAI’s one day Kick Start 1 course. It’s basically an introduction to how to coach the game to young children. It’s NOT designed just for ‘football heads’ (people who are passionate about the game), it’s designed for ANYONE who wants to get involved in the game.

Aim of Kick Start 1:

The course is designed to assist parents and coaches, to introduce children (aged 6-9 years) to fun soccer games and FUNdamental movement skills in a well-structured, stimulating and safe environment.

Objectives of Kick Start 1:

To provide coaches with the ability to:

  • Plan, organise and implement a coaching session
  • Identify the stages in the development of young players at the FUNdamental phase aged between 6-9 years
  • Coach children between the age of 6-9 years in a fun, safe and friendly environment

Click here for more information about coaching courses from the FAI’s website.

Kick Start 2: 9-12 years olds

AIM:

The course is designed to assist coaches in the development of the player’s (aged 9-12 years) soccer specific and FUNdamental movement skills in game related functions, progressing into smallsided games.

OBJECTIVES:

To provide coaches with the ability to:

  • Identify stages in the development of young players at the Learn to Train phase
  • Plan, organise and implement coaching sessions
  • Adapt activities to develop soccer specific skills in players in the Learn to Train phase
  • Reinforce and progress the player’s soccer specific and FUNdamental movement’s skills in game related functions, progressing into small sided games
  • Plan, implement and review sessions in a fun, safe and friendly environment

Youth Certificate

Aim:

The course is designed to assist coaches in the development and consolidation of the player’s (aged 13-18 years) basic soccer skills with an emphasis on individual and positional specific skills, tactical and physical development, as well as performance.

Objectives:

  • To provide coaches with the ability to:
  • Identify stages in the development of young players at the Train to Train and the Train to Compete phase
  • Plan, organise and implement linked coaching sessions
  • Assist players consolidate and refine basic soccer skills
  • Introduce tactical and positional skills as well as performance
  • Introduce soccer specific conditioning and strength training
  • Optimise fitness and soccer preparation for performance
  • Plan, implement and review sessions in a fun, safe and friendly environment