Coaches' Clinic

by Foundation of Light

Details of Foundation of Light initiative.

The Foundation of Light Coaches’ Clinic is an initiative set up to support and develop grassroots football coaching, ensuring that coaches get more out of coaching and players get more out of playing.

This programme is delivered in partnership with the Durham County FA with the majority of events receiving FA Licensed Coaches' Club accreditation to support local coaches' CPD requirements. The initiative combines workshops, giving coaches the chance to learn from some of the sport’s best, with online support and discussion through the @FoLCoachClinic account on social network site Twitter.

Workshop’s are completely free to attend (although places must be pre-booked) and each will address challenges facing today’s coaches covering a range of topics such as attacking and defending as a unit, managing player behaviour and structuring sessions to give all of your players the best chance to improve.

The initiative’s Twitter account will be used to spark debate amongst coaches and hopes to create a community through which coaches can share best practice.

The Foundation of Light is committed to the development of grassroots sport and ensuring that all who participate have a chance to realise their potential whilst enjoying themselves in the process.

For further information about the Foundation of Light Coaches’ Clinic contact or follow @FoLCoachClinic

Upcoming Coach Clinic workshop sessions are detailed below:

Wednesday 14 May 6-9pm at Durham County Football Association, Riverside South, Chester-le-Street, DH3 3SJ

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is anxiety, one of the leading causes of mental ill-health in the world.

The  clinic will  focus  on  various  mental  health problems,  including  hints  and  tips  on  how  to  support people  during  sporting  activities.  The practical activities will reinforce the techniques available to support people through sport and exercise.

Neil Mullen, who is the Informal Educator for the Foundation of Light’s ‘Making Moves’ disability sports and education programme, will deliver the session. Through his role Neil has established a range of awareness programs including Disability Awareness, Sign Language through Sport and Mental Health Awareness. These programmes have helped to shape and develop the Making Moves team to work with more young people and adults in a range of environments.

Neil has also worked as SEN/Sport Disability Support Assistant at a local secondary school and Head Coach at Durham Area Disability Leisure Group. Planning, preparing and delivering challenging yet fun activities to a wide range of children and adults with disabilities, Neil has over 9 years experience within Disability Sport.