Getting Started in Coaching

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High quality coaches can bring considerable success to the team on the field. Moreover however, coaching is one of the most important factors in developing, sustaining and increasing participation across the sport, providing a platform for the on-going development of the game.

The coaching of American football is famously synonymous with a chalk board covered in Xs and Os with various arrow lines showing routes for players to run. In truth however, the coaching of football is far more than that. A coach can have many roles and a host of responsibilities encompassing areas such as the tactical, technical, physical and psychological development of the players.


BAFA is committed to providing a coaching pathway and support system which aids the recruitment, retention and development of coaches across both contact and non contact football.

Regional workshops, qualification clinics, online forums, an extensive resource library and national convention form the core of the Coach Education Programme and coaches are encouraged to attend workshops and courses put on by other governing bodies and Sports Coach UK to support them in gaining a more comprehensive insight into coaching.

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