Coaches Academy


Welcome to the Devon FA Coaches Academy

The Devon FA Coaches Academy offers coaches regular continuous personal development (CPD) opportunities through observing topical coaching workshops, matchday support, conferences, and online workshops. These 2 and a half hour long workshops will be delivered by FA Technical and Coach Developers staff, FA affiliated tutors and professional game coaches. Coaches will be able to be a part of a community of practice which shares best practice and discusses real challenges as part of the county’s ongoing pursuit in developing coaches and creating effective football players.

How can I get involved?

There are two packages to choose from to join the Devon FA Coaches Academy:

Club Package

Individual Coach Package

By registering your club’s coaching workforce for the season (by filling in the registration link below), it will provide all coaches at your club with full access to as many CPD workshops as they like. N.B. Coaches must hold a coaching role with a team at the club.

Pricing is based on the number of teams you have at your club:

8+ teams = £70

5-7 teams = £55

1-4 teams + £40


You can join as an individual coach and opt to pay per workshop (£5) or pay a one-off fee to have full access to the whole programme for the season (£20).

Click here to register for the Devon FA Coaches Academy



Date - Friday 6th October 2023

Time - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue - Plymouth Marjon University Sports Centre, PL6 8BH

Cost - Free (Limited spaces available) 

Host - Plymouth Argyle 1st Team Staff and Academy Staff

Details: Devon FA Coaches Academy are delighted to continue our coach development partnership with Plymouth Argyle Academy into the 2023-24 season. This workshop will give coaches an opportunity to observe a Foundation Phase (U9's - U12's) coaching session at Plymouth Argyle's Academy.



Date - Wednesday 18th October 2023

Time - 7pm - 8:45pm

Venue - Manadon Sports Hub, PL5 3FD

Cost - Included in the Club & Coach Package. Or £5 if you are not a member of the Coaches Academy.

Host  - Chris Smietanka

Details: This workshop will help you to understand how to support players with a disability to enjoy the best possible football experience. The workshop will explore The Activity Inclusion Module (AIM), and the STEP Principle to bring transformational coaching to life.


introduction to delivering a coaching session

Date - Monday 30th October

Time - 5:30pm - 7:30pm (30 minute post workshop informal chat)

Venue - Devon County Football Association, Coach Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1EJ

Cost - Free

Host - Lee Ballard & Mark Rostock

Details: Previously completed or thinking of completing the FA Introduction to Coaching Football (I2CF) course or simply looking for some new training ideas? The FA I2CF course is now complemented by the Introduction to Delivering a Coaching Session workshop by providing face-to-face practical support. The workshop is for those who want to build confidence in planning and delivering sessions to create a safe, fun and enjoyable environment or for those wishing to run a team. The workshop will bring to life some of the discussions from the I2CF  course and provide practical examples to use with your players.

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how to effectively manage behaviour

Date - Monday 6th November

Time - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Venue - Online

Cost - Free

Host - FA National Staff

Details: In every group of players, there will be differences. Our role as coaches is to observe and manage these differences in order to support and develop every individual player. The workshop will explore the STEP principle and how to utilise it during sessions to manage difference and develop practices. We will look into different ways of adapting practices to meet the needs of our players whilst promoting a safe and inclusive environment.


female coaches community

Date - Wednesday 8th November 

Time - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue - Isca Academy, Earl Richards Road South, Exeter, EX2 6AP

Cost - Free

Host - Vicky Fisher & Mark Rostock

Details: The female specific workshop allows for an opportunity to connect with other coaches. We will share content and session ideas through discussions and practical observations to help give you confidence to succeed in your coaching role or start coaching. A space to discuss anything coaching related you wish to know more about.



The Developing the Environment’ theme centres around creating a safe, inclusive, and fun environment for your players. For the vast majority of people who play the game, it is a fun, leisure activity for all ages, to be enjoyed. We can all help our players enjoy the game more, by creating the right environment. By allowing them to play with freedom. By letting them make mistakes. By encouraging them to make their own decisions. For some further information, click below for more information.

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developing the practice

The ‘Developing the Practice’ theme explores best practice coaching sessions which can be adapted to meet the age and stage of your players. The events will see coach educators demonstrating how they design the practices and develop the session in line with their intended learning outcomes. The events will highlight key technical and tactical knowledge and application for coaches to apply within their coaching context. For some further information, click the link below.


developing the player

The ‘Developing the Player’ theme will examine how coaches can take a holistic approach to long term player development. Coaches understanding how the FA four corner model merges together to positively influence the development of their players. The events will be putting under the microscope how, as coaches, we can release the players potential by prioritising their individual needs, including them in the learning process and creating environments conducive to learning and enjoyment. For some further information, click the link.

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