Community Football coaches sought

Monday 28 May 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 28 May 2018 at 21:12)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town are seeking volunteers to lead its Saturday morning Community Football programme from next season.

The programme, which sees free skills coaching provided to boys and girls of all abilities aged 4-11 during school term time, has been overseen by Jeff and Helen Tidy since its inception in 2012.

However, after six years' hard work and dedication, they have decided to stand down.

Huge thanks go to both – as well as their daughter Megan, whose successful FA National Youth Council Football Legacy Fund application helped get the sessions up and running. They certainly leave big shoes to fill, and the club is seeking two or more individuals to fill their positions.

Lead Community Football Coach

The Lead Community Football Coach will have responsibility for the overall running of the sessions, including their planning, preparation and delivery, mentoring and assisting young coaches helping with their delivery and providing regular updates to the club's Head of Youth Section.

The ideal candidate will have good communication skills and hold an FA coaching qualification (preferably the Level Two in Coaching Football certificate), as well as a valid FA Licenced Coaches Club membership, FA Safeguarding and First Aid qualification and DBS Enhanced Criminal Record check. It is desirable, though not necessary, for them to have had previous experience coaching youth football.

A full description of the role is available here.

Community Football Coaches

The club is also seeking individuals interested in coaching at the sessions. This is an excellent opportunity for youth section members who are interested in gaining experience coaching. Indeed, since their establishment, a number of the youth section members have contributed towards the sessions.

They will be tasked with helping plan, prepare and deliver the sessions with the Lead Community Football Club, as well as mentoring and assisting their other colleagues.

Good communication skills are required, while, if aged 16 or over, they must also possess a valid DBS Enhanced Criminal Record check.

It is preferable, though not necessary, for them to already hold an FA Coaching qualification, or to be working towards an FA Level One in Coaching Football Certificate. For current youth section members interested in the opportunity, who do not currently possess a qualification, the club would be willing to make a contribution towards this if they are able to commit to assisting with the sessions for at least one season.

A full description of the role is available here.

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All interested in the roles available should contact the club's Head of Youth Section Mari Green by email.

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