Coach Mentoring Programme

The FA Coach Mentor Programme is a major investment in the grassroots game and offers on-the-ground support to FA Charter Standard Clubs and coaches.

The FA sees the development of coaches as central to the development of the game, and working collaboratively accelerates learning and supports coaches’ development.

The Programme offers club and individual opportunities for support from an FA Club Mentor, providing targeted support to challenge coaches to excel in their work and enhance their coaching standards. The aim is to support the coaching workforce not only with their training sessions but also how they translate their coaching to match day situations. This season we have transitioned into a geographical model, placing our mentors across the county who will be able to support coaches and clubs with their area on a needs-led basis.


Coach Mentors will work with specific projects, supporting:

  • FA Charter Standard Clubs
  • Specific target groups (BAME, Female and Disability)
  • Grassroots Clubs
  • Football Leagues
  • Coach Education in a Mentoring capacity


The aim of the Mentoring Programme is:

  • To mentor and support coaches working in Grassroots football
  • To improve the standards or grassroots coaching through observation, feedback and action planning
  • To work with Clubs to provide bespoke support linked to their coaches needs through either individual, small group or club based events
  • To support coach development, focusing upon the knowledge, skills and attributes to be an effective coach
  • To support and develop planning – delivering and  reflecting skills
  • To support coaches with mentoring in their clubs to ensure a legacy of coach development in clubs across the county


Mentoring support could include:

  • Developing a whole club philosophy
  • Group coaching demonstrations
  • 1:1 coaching, match-day observation and support
  • Signposting to relevant courses and events
  • Needs analysis for individual coaches
  • Modelling of coaching sessions for individual coaches
  • Individual feedback
  • An individual learning programme


Register your interest for the Coach Mentor Programme here

Your Regional Mentor Office for the South West is Ciara Allan –

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