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BAFA to make significant additional investment into BAFCA

Saturday, August 15, 2020

£23,000 to drive forward coaching in Great Britain

The British American Football Association (BAFA) will make a £23,000 investment into the British American Football Coaches Association (BAFCA) to help continue developing and enhancing coaching in Great Britain.

BAFA has taken a decision not to refund coaches fees to members following the situation with COVID-19, but instead invest significant further funding into the provision of coach education and the continued professional development (CPD) of British coaches.

The funding will provide and develop the following:

- Enhanced opportunities for community coaches that registered this year

- Additional coach education resources including position/topic and code specific Zoom sessions, roundtables, virtual guest coaching clinics, mini conventions and regional clinics

- Partnerships with other coach education delivery partners to expand the CPD provision for coaches

- A clear and robust coach licensing structure

- Roll out and delivery of a new suite of flag coaching certification for community teams, flag coaches, teachers and young leaders

- Support for inclusivity in coaching with a specific focus on developing female coaches

- Enhanced delivery of Level 2 qualifications and a pilot of a new Level 3 qualification

BAFA and BAFCA will set targeted percentage increases in key areas – such as the number of qualified coaches – to track and measure the success of the funding.

Pete Ackerley, BAFA Chief Executive, said:

“Growing and developing coaches in Great Britain is a major priority as our sport continues to expand, and that’s why this investment in BAFCA is so important. It’s clearly been an extremely difficult and challenging time over the past few months, yet we have still been able to take several positive steps forward to develop British American football, and this partnership with BAFCA is a great example of this.

“We spent a lot of time with BAFCA discussing and considering the situation with refunding coaches fees, but I hope everyone will understand why we have prioritised further investment in coach education and the long-term development of our coaches.”

Wayne Hill, BAFCA President, said:

“We’re delighted to have been able to work in partnership with BAFA to develop a proposal to secure additional funding to enhance the provision for our coaches.

“We know it has been a difficult year to date. However, we have seen the opportunities to enhance our coach education provision as well as provide additional professional development opportunities for our coaches. The additional funding from BAFA will enable BAFCA to continue to develop these opportunities as well as deliver additional certification and support for our coaches across all phases of the game. This funding will continue to support our coaches to deliver the best possible service for our players and promote the game we all love.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank BAFA CEO Pete Ackerley for his continued support and shared vision for coaches being a key factor in the development of our sport.”


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