Love Football? Here’s how to get into coaching!

Do you dream of becoming the next Stephen Kenny or Sir Alex Ferguson? Or do you just want to help coach and nurture the future of football?

Or are you a former player whose career is now over and you’re looking to stay involved, spread some wisdom and have a desire to help others reach their full potential?

Sounds like you?

If yes, then maybe football coaching is for you.

In this blog, we’ll tell you all you need to know about coaching and how you can embark on a new passion.

What does a football coach do?

Being a football coach involves devotion to your team, assisting them in reaching their maximum potential, and developing the players in all areas.

Whether you’re coaching children, amateurs, or professional football players, you’ll need to give it your best to ensure the team’s success.

You’re the motivator.

how do i become a football coach

You could work in a variety of settings, including schools, universities, leisure clubs, and football clubs, and with people of various ages and skill levels.

How far you can advance in your coaching profession is determined by your level of experience and qualifications.

You might begin your coaching career as an assistant before learning the ropes and eventually assuming the reins.

While studying and working towards your qualifications, consider volunteering as a coach in a sports club. This will help you gain experience so that when you’re ready to apply for jobs, you’ll have a wonderful reference.

Doing an apprenticeship is another option you could consider. This will allow you to learn on the job while earning all of the necessary credentials.

Still fancy it?

What does it take?

The number of hours you work will be determined by the level of football you are coaching.

Evening and weekend work are required at lower levels of football, but the greater the quality of the football club, the more hours you will be required to put in.

Your commitment to your career is likely to consume some of your free time, particularly if you need to travel for football matches across the UK and abroad, which may involve overnight stays.

How do I become a football coach?

If you are starting out in grassroots football, the first thing required to become a football coach is to make sure you are Garda Vetted and have completed the FAI Safeguarding One Workshop.

Then, you can look to enter the FAI Coach Education Pathway – check it out here.

Before interacting with an organization or service, all individuals working with children and vulnerable people, whether volunteers or paid, must obtain Garda Vetting clearance.

how do i become a football coach

Garda Vetting is an FAI requirement for anyone who works with children or vulnerable people (in a paid or voluntary capacity). Relevant training is also an important element of the Safe recruitment process; all coaches must attend the Safeguarding 1 course.

Steps to becoming a football coach

The FAI PDP 1 course is the first step in the Coach Education Pathway and is designed for coaches who work with children in the U-6 to U-9 age groups.

It is designed for coaches of all levels and It is an 8-hour one-day training with a combination of academic and practical content.

The only condition for this course is that all participants have been vetted by the Garda and have completed the Safeguarding 1 course.

The courses are accessible all year and are geographically dispersed around the country. If you have a minimum of 10 coaches interested in attending, the training can even be held and given at your club.

Already coaching at senior level but new to coaching courses?

No worries.

The FAI has recently revamped and updated their senior game-specific course. The Adult Amateur Licence is the name of the new course, which covers all aspects of adult amateur football.

The only condition for this course is that all participants have been vetted by the Garda and have completed the Safeguarding 1 course.

The 16-hour course will include both theoretical and practical content. The training will cover the framework of the game, football actions, and coaching practice demonstrations pertaining to the adult game, to name a few topics.

Responsibilities of a football coach

So, what will your primary responsibilities be?

how do i become a football coach

They include:

  • Organizing coaching sessions
  • Providing input and evaluating performance
  • Inventing new strategies and ways
  • Assisting the team’s physical and emotional development
  • Working with additional health care providers such as physiotherapists and nutritionists
  • Keeping track of things
  • Sponsorship applications
  • Organizing your team’s transportation

 

Vital Football Coach Skills

The following are the skills you’ll need for the job:

  • Communication skills
  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Positivity and patience
  • Ability to motivate
  • Organisational skills
  • Physical fitness
  • Ability to build relationships
  • Determination and trustworthiness

 

Conclusion

We hope this blog helps in you deciding whether or not you want to take the plunge into the world of coaching.
We know you won’t regret it if you do.

Make sure to check out our football ranges below to make that start easier.

how do i become a football coach


Intersport Elverys: Supporting Irish Athletes & Team Sports

AT Intersport Elverys, we absolutely love our sport and pride ourselves on supporting Irish athletes at all levels to fully maximise their potential.

From grassroots sport all the way to the very elite, supporting Irish athletes and sporting organisations dates back to our very origins and is part of our ethos.

We’re one of the biggest supporters of Irish sport in the country – and we’re at the heart of sport!

Below are some of the athletes and sporting organisations who we are proudly working with and supporting.

IRFU

Intersport Elverys is supporting Irish rugby for many years, including sponsors of the men’s and women’s 7s teams and now the Official Sports Retail Partner.

irish athletes

We stock a huge range of Official Ireland Rugby gear for the player and the fan (supporter) in all stores and online as well as bringing unique and exciting experiences to the Ireland Rugby supporter across our social channels.

FAI Football Camps

 

Irish athletes

We love Irish football and we’re extremely proud to be the proud sponsors of the hugely popular FAI Summer Soccer Schools, which proved a massive hit with young boys and girls across the country again this year.

Mayo GAA/Mayo LGFA

As a Mayo brand, we’re massively honoured to be sponsoring Mayo GAA since the 1990s and continue to be the title sponsor of the various teams across all codes.

irish athletes

As Official Retail Partner, we stock a huge range of Mayo GAA gear for the player and supporter in stores around the country and online, as well as bringing unique and exciting experiences to the many proud Mayo GAA fans.

Dublin GAA

As Official Retail Partner of Dublin GAA, we stock a great range of Dublin GAA gear for the player and the supporter in stores around the country and online.

irish athletes

Love the Dubs’, love Intersport Elverys.

Tipperary GAA

As Official Retail Partner of the Premier County, as well as operating the official Tipperary GAA store in Thurles and online, we love bringing exciting experiences to the Tipperary GAA supporters.

irish athletes

We’ve been there through the good days and the bad and have enjoyed every minute.

Lovely hurlin’.

Connacht Rugby

Our relationship with Connacht Rugby dates back nearly 20 years and we were delighted to be named as Official Sports Retail Partner back in 2015/16 after being a previous sponsor.

Rianna Jarrett

Republic of Ireland star Rianna Jarrett and Intersport Elverys share common goals and vision – we’re deeply rooted in sports performance and we’re always striving to be number one.

The Wexford born star has just finished up a spell with WSL outfit Brighton and Hove Albion and no matter where she chooses to ply here trade next, we’ll be there right beside here.

Rianna has recovered from a number of major knee injuries throughout her career and she is an inspiration for anyone in what hard work, resilience and dedication can bring.

Bundee Aki

The Connacht, Ireland and Lions star has been a revelation since moving to the West Coast of Ireland back in 2014.

New Zealand born, Aki has transformed himself into one of the World’s best players and Intersport Elverys is delighted to be supporting him on that journey.

irish athletes

We look forward to what the future has in store.

VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

We have been involved as associate sponsor to this unique event since 2005, offering expert product advice and benefits for participants.

irish athletes

Irish Runner

Since partnering with Athletics Ireland in 2019 on a campaign called “Get Ireland Running”, we have been sponsors of the Gear & Gadget section in Irish Runner magazine, seeing the latest innovations in running products tested by a panel of runners of various ages and abilities.

 


Rianna Jarrett on her FAI Summer Camps experiences

Intersport Elverys brand ambassador and Republic of Ireland international Rianna Jarrett’s very early experiences of soccer came from her time in the FAI Summer Camps.

The 27 year-old Wexford native began her career battling with the local boys and girls down at her home club, before going on to play professional soccer in England and representing her country.

We recently caught up with her at the launch of the Intersport Elverys FAI Summer Camps, where she spoke of her love for the camps, breaking the mould of a then male-orientated sport, battling injury and her love of sport.

Here it is.

FAI Summer Camp fun

“Playing in the FAI Summer Camps was always fun and for me it was a case that my friends were doing it, so I wanted to. Me, my twin brother and our younger brother were asking our Mom for a while if we could go and she eventually agreed.

I’m from Wexford Town, so the FAI Summer Camps were mainly at North End United, which was my local team and that’s where all the townies went.

FAI Summer Camps

So all the boys from the street were there, and a few girls but not too many, but it was something I really enjoyed – doing the drills, the fun games and then there were little prizes at the end of the week. It was great fun.

North End United is a family orientated club, and a lot of my family are involved in it, so that’s how I got involved. My twin brother, Jordan, started playing a week before I did and I was jealous, like all twins are when one is doing something are you are not. When I first asked my mom, she said ‘No Honey, football isn’t for girls’. But by the time the next session came around a week later, I had annoyed her so much that she brought me along

She didn’t think for a second that I would stick with it, but I did.

Playing against the boys at the FAI Summer Camps

“I never knew anything different because there were no girls team at the time and my cousin, Saoirse and I played on the boys team in our age groups, so it was all I ever knew. From the days of playing on the streets with the boys, they never took it easy on me. They were flying in with tackles like I was one of them, not holding back if I gave a bad pass, I was scoring goals and we were all having fun.

That thought me a lot about football when I was younger, especially as you got older, because the boys were bigger, stronger and faster, so you have to learn to stand up for yourself.

Everything was a competition at the FAI Summer Camps – who scored the most, who passed the best, who was fastest – I think kids are like that anyway. It’s health competition. We had our fun, our laughs and some tears too, but it was so much fun looking back now.

FAI Summer Camps

 

From the FAI Summer Camps to representing Republic of Ireland

“Going from playing on the streets in Wexford, to the FAI Summer Camps and then to playing for the Republic of Ireland was a dream come through.

I was 14 or 15 years-old when I first got the call up to the U-17s, so it was a surprise to me. Going through the U-17 and U-19 set up and then representing Ireland at senior level, scoring my first international goal is something I will forever be proud of.
My Nanny, my aunties and uncles on my Mom’s side, they’re all Irish, so it’s great to be able to represent them, but also to carry my Dad’s name on the back of my jersey is amazing. As was signing my first professional contract with Brighton and Hove Albion just over a year ago, it was a dream come true.

That’s something I dreamed about when I was younger. Boys will always tell you they want to play professional football, but it was a thing with girls when I was growing up because there wasn’t money in the game.

But now, to see so many Irish playing abroad, it’s fantastic to see.

FAI Summer Camps
Women’s International Friendly, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 8/4/2021
Republic of Ireland WNT vs Denmark
Ireland’s Rianna Jarrett
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

 

 

Mental resilience and overcoming injury

“I tore my ACL three times and spent long periods on the side line. From around the age of 18 to 21 or 22, I probably spent most of my time there and it was very difficult watching my friends play.

I remember talking to my strength and conditioning coach Dan Horan, and he asked me what I wanted to get from this. I had a little breakdown at first and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get back playing properly at all, that I just wanted to be able to go for a kick about with my brother and friends again.

But after a few weeks he asked me the question again and this time I said I wanted to get back playing competitively. After that I never missed a training session or a match, and once you start enjoying that again, being pushed on by your teammates, it got easier.

Standing here looking back on the injuries, they made me who I am. The advice I would give to any young boys or girls who are going through the same I did, is to listen to your coaches, work hard and don’t ley anyone tell you you can’t do something.

 

Being an Intersport Elverys ambassador

It’s absolutely brilliant for me to have an Irish brand like Intersport Elverys support me on my journey – they’re fantastic. They’ve been synonymous with Ireland for many years now, their brand is continuously growing and supporting athletes like me, so to be involved with them is something I am really appreciative of.”

Bookings for the 2021 programme will go live from June 3rd. For more information and to be in with a chance to win a place on the INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools, please visit www.summersoccerschools.ie and www.elverys.ie.

FAI Summer Camps


Schoolbags and Size Guide for Kids | Back to School at Intersport Elverys.

Get ready, get set for Back to School at Intersport Elverys and some new schoolbags for kids.

We know Back to School shopping for schoolbags and other items for your kids can be tedious at times.

So when information on finding essentials like the right school bags are scarce, we thought we’d simplify the process.

Picking the right schoolbag for Back to School is an important choice, and the one you choose can vary depending on your child’s age and height.

Before we go through our bags on offers, we want to go through a few areas to look for when making your choice. 

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Size:

Ensure you’re getting the right size for the purpose.

Bigger is not always better, so find the right size for what your little ones will be using/putting into the bag.

Bag size is measured in litres, but standard dimensions (height x width x depth) will be available also.

Sound good?

Please note that not all bags are designed to fit binders/folders, and trying to fit these in to bags that are not suitable will stretch the fabric and possibly cause damage.

We’d recommend below 24L for primary school and above 24L for secondary, depending on age and height.

Compartments:

Multiple compartments help keep your kids organised.

Look out for backpacks with padded laptop compartments, water bottle compartments and separate front pockets.

Some bags will also come with a matching pencil case.

Material:

Depending on how/where your kids plan to use your backpack.

Most backpacks are made from Polyester or a mix of standard and recycled Polyester.

Other materials used would be lightweight, tough fibres like Nylon.

Some backpacks will also have extra padding on the back for added comfort, and can have a waterproof coating for water resistance to deal with the ever changing Irish weather.

Warranty:

Kids will be kids, remember.

Some brands will offer a warranty on their products to ensure you get good use from your bag.  This will be clearly marked on the bag’s swing tags.

Other features:

Other features that can appear on backpacks would be padded straps for extra comfort and reflective strips for added visibility.

Top Tips

To ensure the backpack you choose is the best fit for your kids, following these simple guidelines.

  1. Before using for the first time, you should adjust the straps so that the backpack fits snugly to their upper back. It should not hang out from the back, and should not hang excessively below the waist.
  2. Distribute the weight of the bag evenly across the back, by spreading the load out – you’re putting less strain on the back.
  3. Make sure they’re using both straps. Only using one puts unnecessary strain on the back and also on the backpack itself.
  4. A full backpack should be no more than 15% of the weight of the wearer.

 

Check out all our backpacks HERE:

All Star Schoolbags for Kids Offers

UnderArmour Hustle 5.0 €26.25-€55 

The Under Armour Hustle 5.0 Backpack is an ideal all in one carry all, use it as a school bag, it can double up as a gear bag for football or the gym or pack it with clothes and your laptop for a business trip or a weekend away.

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schoolbags for kids

 

All Star Offer – Jansport Big Student Schoolbag- €38-€56

This Jansport Big Student Backpack is so spacious it meets all needs from student laptops to sporting gear to kids school lunchboxes.  The 4 compartments and further water bottle holder are particularly useful for keeping items separate on the go (34 Litres). 

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schoolbags for kids

All Star Offer – Nike Element Schoolbag- €30-€35

The Nike Element schoolbag combines all the key elements of a school bag whilst being very affordable.

It has all the style and practicality of its competitors, which make it a really popular bag.

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schoolbags for kids



Check out our full range of schoolbags Here 

Conclusion

Back to School Sale

Don’t miss out on some unbelievable back to school offers and deals at Intersport Elverys.

We’ve got all the leading brands for footwear and apparel to make sure your kids are ready for their return.

We also have a free in-store fitting service that helps you find your kids the perfect fit.