Surrey FA is delighted to have been nominated for The FA ‘For All’ Award at the London Football Awards for the second year in a row in recognition of their Inclusive Level 1 Coaching Courses.
The first Inclusive Level 1 Coaching Course in Surrey was piloted in the 2017/18 season and was a huge success, with places in high demand. As an organisation we are proud to have ran three Inclusive Level 1 Coaching Courses to date with another planned for June 2020, and over 40 people in total completing the courses, giving them the opportunity to start their coaching journey in a safe and inclusive environment.
The course involves modifications such as delivering the content in 3 hour ‘blocks’ rather than day-long segments and providing mentoring support to assist with reading, writing, facilitating group work, 1 to 1 support for candidates who need it, and general confidence building.
Increasing the diversity of our coaches is a priority for Surrey FA, and as a result of running Inclusive Level 1 courses, we have seen that the representation of coaches with a disability actively volunteering in Surrey football has increased. In our most recent diversity survey, we saw that the percentage of coaches with a disability has increased from 1.84% in 2016 to 4.61% in 2019, which is testament to courses like these we have run over the last couple of seasons.
Surrey FA’s Football Development Officer for Disability Tamsyn Woodman commented, “We are delighted that our Inclusive Level 1 Coaching Courses have been recognised by the London Football Awards. The courses has been a huge success thanks to the tutors, mentors, clubs and leagues we’ve worked with and most importantly, the coaches themselves. We are always looking at ways to help create football opportunities for everyone and we are immensely proud to be nominated for such a prestigious award for the second year running.”
More information on how to get involved with disability football in Surrey can be found at: http://www.surreyfa.com/players/disability