FA course helps bring football training to primary schools

The FA Tesco Skills programme
The FA Tesco Skills programme

Four schools in the Corby, Oundle and Thrapston School Sports Partnership have received seven weeks of funded teacher training to help coach football.

Through the FA Tesco Skills Programme and the Football Association in Northamptonshire, specialist football skills coaching was brought to Glapthorn, Nassington, Oundle and Thrapston primary schools half a day a week providing specialist, age-appropriate coaching for all ages from Years One to Four.

The programme’s revolutionary approach to coaching football skills is child-centred, for all ability levels and focuses on individual boys’ and girls’ learning needs.

As well as helping to develop the technique, ball skills and confidence of children in primary schools, the FA Tesco Skills coaches passed on invaluable lesson ideas and guidance on football coaching to their teachers.

As part of the programme, Nassington pupils were encouraged to incorporate some literacy and numeracy work of the back of the Tesco coaching. They have collated their individual stats into bar charts and written about their strengths and weaknesses.

The coaches have moved on to visit Brigstock School, Hazel Leys School, St Brendan’s School and St Patrick’s School.