The FA Skills Programme 

The FA Skills coach Ben Hardaker has been delivering football skills coaching for children in Year 3, 4 and 5. The children have really enjoyed Ben taking PE lessons, and learning through games and challenges as expressed by Harry from Year 5:

‘It was brilliant having the opportunity to be able to learn new skills and use these in a recent football tournament. We worked hard as a team and were the groups winners in the heats and ended up achieving the overall ‘runners up’ trophy. We were all really proud of ourselves. Everyone felt as though they had achieved this because of the amazing coaching we had at school.’

The FA Skills programme started in 2007 and its unique child-centred philosophy has established it as the leading youth football programme in England.  Its foundations are The FA’s ‘4-corner’ coaching model, developing children socially, technically, physically and psychologically, giving them more than just football skills but life skills such as confidence, teamwork, decision-making and problem-solving. The coaching is also based on The FA’s Future Game strategy, with the aim of developing young players who are comfortable on the ball, creative and have good game understanding.

This commitment to deliver high-quality, child-centerd football coaching is delivered by expert, full-time FA Youth-qualified coaches. All lessons are delivered in line with the National Curriculum for PE, ensuring that all sessions are planned and delivered to the highest standards.  Beyond school, boys and girls of any ability and experience are encouraged to join The FA Skills programme, to experience expert football coaching with free sessions during the school holidays (except Christmas) and at after-school Skills Centres throughout the academic year.

If your child would like to join an FA Skills Centre, the nearest one to your school is held at Wakefield City Academy, WF1 4SF on a Friday evening as a cost of £3 per session at the following times:

Ages 5-8 Mixed – 4.30-5.30pm

Ages 5-11 Girls Only – 5.30-6.30pm

Ages 8-11 – 6.30-7.30pm

If you would like to find out more about the Skills programme and register your child for a session please visit www.TheFA.com/Skills or contact Ben.Hardaker@TheFA.com or 07943 550599.