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Course description

This qualification is designed to prepare learners for deployment as independent positional coaches within an American Football programme. The award gives an overview of the foundations of sports coaching and a focus on the core fundamentals within the sport.  

Learners can expect to cover the following:

  • The Coaching Process
  • Roles and responsibilities of the coach
  • Duty of care
  • Nutrition and hydration
  • Inclusive coaching practice
  • Coaching styles and participant development
  • Rules and regulations
  • Continual Learning & Development
  • Classroom Delivery – Scouting Breakdown
  • Practice Planning
  • Safe coaching practice

Who is the course for?

This course is specifically for individuals who have experience of coaching and are operating in a club environment. Please see eligibility criteria for further information. 

What’s the value of this course?

This course is ideal for learners who are seeking to move into Head Coaching positions (Level 2 minimum requirement) and for those seeking to develop into coaching positions within BAFA’s National Programmes.

Learner eligibility

Learners must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be appropriately identified
  • Hold a BAFCA level 1 coaching award
  • Be able to evidence delivering American Football coaching sessions over the past twelve months
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).
  • Have access to a laptop/tablet, good WiFi and microphone to participate in virtual classroom sessions. Any special learning requirements must be made clear at the registration process.

The following additional elements must be completed and uploaded to the Google Classroom for the course to be completed and certification to be awarded.  These elements should also be uploaded to the NGB registration system.

·        USA Football Youth Coach Certification – 

This element must be completed prior to practical assessment.

·        UK Coaching Digital Duty of Care Badge:

Or if coaching Under 18’s this MUST be a Level 1 Safeguarding qualification.

(UK Coaching, Sports Structures, NSPCC or similar)

  • Basic First Aid Qualification (Online certificate or Face to Face)

*Please note, completion of pre-requisites is not included in the course price.


To achieve the British American Football Coaches Association Level 1 award, learners are required to have assessed evidence of:

  • Completing all additional components for the course – USA Football Coaching Certification and UK Coaching Digital Duty of Care Badge or Level 1 Safeguarding Qualification
  • Completing all written and online tasks via Sports Structures platform
  • Completing all online tests associated with the content covered in the course
  • The final element of the course involves the assessment of coaching practice.  This will include one progressive coaching drill, along with a core fundamentals drill. 

Learners will complete this by uploading coaching videos to a designated BAFCA Level 2 Google Classroom for assessment.

Format / duration

The course has a flexible delivery model. To meet qualification requirements, we deliver this qualification through a blended delivery.

The courses are delivered through a blended learning approach. This consists of:

  • Online learning via our e-learning platform
  • Online Assessment Questions
  • 2 interactive Nearpod sessions
  • Practical Assessment via Google Classroom
  • Completing all additional components for the course


It is recommended that all elements of the course are completed within a maximum 3-month window.  However, the certification process is based on the learner completing each of the elements of the course.

Once all elements are completed and have been assessed learners' certificates will be available automatically on their Sports Structures learner dashboard.  These then need to be uploaded to the NGB registration system.

Learners will have a maximum of one-year’s access to their online learner dashboard.

Progression opportunities

This course can lead to further learning, CPD or training in the area of coaching American Football and/or the progression onto the British American Football Coaches Association Level 3 certification.

Course fee/ Payment

The course will cost  £130 per person.

Full payment will need to be received prior to starting the course once your place is confirmed.

Payment plans are available to support individuals to pay for this course.  If you decide to go ahead with a payment plan, please pay 50% of the course fee below to secure your place and we will then contact you to arrange the next payment.

If you wish to pay in full, you will find an option to pay 100% of the course fee below.

Registration of interest

This process is available to determine demand. Further courses will be organised if demand exists so we would strongly recommend that you register your interest. 

The registration of interest process is free. Your payment details are not required. You will be asked to complete your 'booking' details, but this will simply be to register your interest and not book onto a course.

Forthcoming courses

Course 1: Monday 1st April - 22nd April 2024

Course 2: Monday 6th May - 27th May 2024

Course 3: Monday 3rd June - 24th June 2024

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The course can also be delivered face to face, to specific groups such as universities, coaching providers etc.