Coaches are encouraged to further their coaching qualifications by attending FA Courses, in all cases the Club along with the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation helps provide funding to support Coaches achieve their goals.
Level 1 Courses
For Mini-Soccer the Club will fully fund 2 x Level 1 coaches per squad (i.e. Reds & Blues) and for 11 aside will fund up to 2 x Level 1 coaches per team (i.e. Yellows). The Club wants to encourage people in the Community to get involved with coaching and where there is a demand the Club will fully fund a Level 1 Certificate (this is subject to length of time with the Club, for those new to the Club 50% will be refunded on successful completion and the remaining 50% after a year).
Level 2 Course
Please note a coach does not have to attend a Level 1 course before attending Level 2, many new coaches have taken the decision to go straight to a Level 2 coaching course. This decision needs to be based on previous coaching experience and the length of time the Level 2 course is over that of the Level 1.
Level 1+ Courses
The Club is committed to improving the coaching standards within the Club and encourages coaches to further their Certificates. Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation endorses this through its Sporting Success grant, and where authorised a Coach can obtain up to 100% funding (where 100% is not allocated the Club may refund up to the difference, this is subject to the coach successfully passing).
The grant application form and coaches charter can be found on the LGCHF Sport Coaching Grants webpage and must be submitted prior to the Deadline for Application at LGCHF via the Club (authorised by the Club’s Chairman / Secretary/ Treasurer). The course must not have started before the Authorisation Date as this is seen as a retro application (see below).
So for example a course starting on the 17th May needs to be in before the 18th Feb to be authorised. If it were applied for on the 10th May then it would not be authorised until the 24th June and this is after the course, therefore classed as a retro application and will be rejected.
|Deadline for Application||Authorisation Date|
|No meeting during August|
|26 Aug||23 Sept|
|23 Sept||21 Oct|
|21 Oct||18 Nov|
Where a coach does not apply for a LGCHF Sporting Success grant he/she is entitled to apply for a funding refund of up to 50% of the course fees from the Club, this is subject to the coach successfully passing the course. Where this applies the Training & Development Officer will present the application to the Executive Committee for approval.
Safe Guarding Children in Football Certificate (Renew every 3 Years)
This certificate is fully funded by the Club and can be obtained by attending a Workshop or via a recertification booklet (normally sent out by the FA.). Please note a recertification booklet can only be completed when the previous certificate was last obtained via a Workshop.
Emergency First Aid (Renew every 3 Years)
This certificate is fully funded by the Club and can be obtained by attending an Emergency Aid course. If a coach has a valid Certificate for First Aid outside of football then this Certificate is not required, please check with the Training & Development officer if this is the case. Please note that the FA require you to have booked your course within 3 months of your Certificate expiring.
For all courses please speak to the Training & Development Officer before booking, on booking send your receipt/confirmation and Certificate to the Training & Development Officer, refunds will be processed on completion of the course or before at the discretion of the Executive Committee. If a Coach requires financial support to fund a course then please speak to the Training & Development Officer.
Courses – Local County FA Websites
If you would like further information on courses and availability then please see the following local County websites where you can book your course online …