Spennymoor Town Youth FC has launched a new initiative to develop its qualified coaches of the future.
The ‘Coaches’ Academy’ programme has was officially launched last week by newly-appointed Academy Manager, Andy Lowe, and is gathering early interest in the town and surrounding areas. Applications are now open for the voluntary opportunity, which is aimed at young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are interested in a career in sport or teaching and would like to become a football coach.
Applicants must be able to commit to two to three hours of coaching per week and a match on a weekend. The outcome of the course will see successful coaches achieve accredited FA Level 1, FA Level 2, safeguarding and first aid qualifications, as well as bespoke coach development opportunities beyond formal qualifications.
Mr Lowe, who joined the club in January 2019, has already started developing strong collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in the local community, governing bodies and education providers to ensure Spennymoor’s youth set-up realises it’s potential.
He said: “Spennymoor Town’s first team are making exciting strides forward on the pitch and we’re matching that in the development of our youth football provision in the North East.
“The ultimate goal of Spennymoor Town’s academy is to develop players capable of playing for the first team, as well as providing excellent football opportunities for players of all ages, genders and abilities. We have new girls-only teams and sessions; we have introduced age-specific coaching for children as young as three; we are working to launch a disability youth football team; and are developing solid education pathways for our players with some of the regions finest educational institutions.
“We call this our ‘one club’ ethos, which provides a safe, fun and stimulating learning environment for all of our players and is essentially a golden thread which runs through the whole of Spennymoor Town FC. We’re thrilled to launch the new Coaches’ Academy and I look forward to welcoming new coaches into the club to help deliver our vision. Places will be limited and we’re expecting applications to be high.
“You don’t need any pre-requisite qualifications to apply, just a commitment to personal development and a desire to coach young people. This course is perfect for male or female applicants who are currently at sixth form; are a sporting graduate or undergraduate; or are apprentices.
“All successful applicants will be supported by our Academy Head of Coaching and coach education specialists, who are leading figures in coach and player development in the sport. We’re becoming an academy in all senses of the word, developing players and coaches, with more news on education to come.”