There is a clear pathway set out by the Scottish Football Association (Scottish FA) for the development of coaches within child, youth and adult levels. The structure of coach development is broken down into five levels, each with a greater degree of difficulty and more specialised than the preceding level.
In simple terms, the Scottish FA offer three different coaching pathways depending upon each coach's area of interest as well as a number of courses for more specialised requirements:
Children love playing games and few games are better for giving a sense of enjoyment and excitement (2 of the 5 psychological E's of performance from The STENNY Way) than football.
The Scottish FA believes that children's coaching is about ensuring that every young player has the opportunity to play by providing fun, enjoyable and developmental activities. Patience, sportsmanship and participation are key factors in providing a stimulating environment that promotes fundamental skills and development.
The Scottish FA's coaching programme for children applies practical methods which prepare and organise training. A video and handbook are also provided as part of the course.
There are five courses aimed at those wishing to be involved in coaching children aged 5-12 years:
Jamie Swinney, the performance under 11s coach has recently passed the very strict examination process and is now a SFA Level 5 qualified coach.
David Wood and Martyn Buckie the performance under 12s coach's are currently undergoing the Advance Children's Licence.
Stenhousemuir Football Club is at the very beginning of a long term project that will see major changes in the programming and operation of its Children's Academy. Part of this involves the identification and mentoring of coaches and individuals who will play a major part in the development of the project in years to come.
It is widely recognised that there is a lack of talented children's football educators and we therefore wish to work with a new breed of aspiring, innovative and motivated individuals who can become first class educators and coaches to work alongside the coaches already identified and in place.
Applications are open to all aged 18+ years from the Falkirk, Stirling and surrounding areas. A selection process will be undertaken and those successful will be exposed to a season-long mentoring programme working alongside Advanced Children's Licence and Advanced Youth Licence holders. The Club will pay for the individual's progression through the Scottish FA's Coaching Education pathway.
If interested, please contact the Academy for a Academy Coach Application Form and/or send an up-to-date Football Curriculum Vitae (C.V.) to the Academy.