Leeds Met and The FA score a winning goal in coaching excellence
The part-time course, which will run up until June 2013, is being carried out at St. George's Park - the home of The FA's new National Football Centre for players, coaches and coach educators. It is also the training base for the 24 England teams.
Andy Abraham, Principal Lecturer in Sport Coaching at Leeds Metropolitan and Programme Leader of the postgraduate certificate, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the University to collaborate with the FA - the very heart of English football. The participants are all very experienced coaches. They have been employed by the FA to work as Youth Coach Educators in partnership with professional club academies to develop their youth coaches. The PG Cert is intended to support their transition from excellent coaches to excellent coach educators.
"We are proud to be delivering the programme which will formalise and add to the participants' already considerable skills and knowledge. Ultimately, the course will improve their capacity to make professional judgments relating to the development of more effective youth football coaches."
The PG Cert is an integrated package of classroom and work based learning.
Head of Player Development and Research for The FA, Andy Cale, added: "The Football Association is fully committed to developing coaches and coach educators at all levels. This course is part of the drive to support Coaching as a Profession and to keep FA staff at the forefront of academic developments in sports coaching. This innovative course helps our staff understand the latest theories of coach education and development and translate them into cutting edge practical support for the coaches in the professional clubs."
Students will receive further support through Leeds Met's online virtual learning system where all individual modules have their own page that students are automatically allocated to as a result as registering on that module.