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IFA National Coaching Certificate

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The IFA National Coaching Certificate (previously known as the IFA Level 1) prepares you to facilitate and organise coaching sessions within the grassroots game.

Programme dates: Mon. 27th - Wed. 29th March 2023 (3 days)
Running times: 9.30am - 4.00pm each day
Venue: Stranmillis University College and New Forge Sports Complex

Course Outline

  • Understand your role as a coach and the importance of facilitation, organisation, safeguarding and health and safety.
  • Key teaching principles when coaching children (5-12)
  • Session design
  • Coaching context
  • Reflective practice
  • Adult learning principles

The course has both theoretical and practical content which includes 24 guided learning hours with a tutor (3 practical days) and time spent completing the online tasks and uploading plans at home.

The course includes:

  • Passing a practical assessment
  • Completing and uploading 2x1 hour session plans online to the Irish FA e-learning platform one of which will be the session topic for assessment
  • Attending the Football First Aid course
  • Completing an Online Nutrition course
  • Completing a Safeguarding course
  • Completing the course feedback form

Please note: This course is only open to students of Stranmillis University College.
Any queries, please contact Joanne Doherty,