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Course description

This is the basic level of coaching qualification, which gives outline knowledge of coaching American Football, and enables the holder to introduce American Football and to assist a coach award holder (or above). The holder once fully registered with the NGB as a coach is covered by the association’s insurance for working unsupervised. However, it is recommended newly qualified coaches should work under the supervision of an experienced coach or minimum of a level 2 coach award holder.

Learners can expect to cover the following:

  • Roles and responsibilities of the coach
  • Duty of care
  • Inclusive coaching practice
  • Communication
  • Coaching Process
  • Health & Safety & Risk Assessments
  • Emergency Action Plan
  • Core fundamentals of Blocking and Tackling or Flag Fundamentals

Who is the course for?

Individuals who usually attend this course are parents of athletes, players or ex-players, interested adults, teachers, youth workers, students etc

What’s the value of this course?

This course is ideal for learners who are seeking to move into Assistant Coaching positions and for those seeking to develop into positional coaching positions.

Learner eligibility

Learners must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
    • 16 and 17 years olds are not covered by the association’s insurance for working unsupervised and must work under the supervision of a minimum of a level 2 coach award holder.
  • 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.
  • Completing all additional elements for the course prior to certification:
  1. This element must be completed prior to practical assessment.
  • Complete a Safeguarding Level 1 qualification if you are working with U18's. 
  • If you are working with senior players (over 18's) you need to complete the or the UK Coaching Duty of Care Badge.

Assessment

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
  • Completing written and online tasks
  • Completing an online test associated with the content covered on course
  • The final element of the course involves assessment of coaching practice for 1 progressive coaching session, along with a core fundamentals session.  Learners will complete this by uploading coaching videos to a designated BAFCA Level 1 Google Classroom for assessment.

Format / duration

The course has flexible delivery model. In order to meet qualification requirements, we deliver this qualification through face to face tutored sessions or blended delivery (online and face to face).

Our open courses below are delivered through a blended learning approach. This consists of:

  • Online learning via our e-learning platform ahead of the virtual classroom sessions
  • Online Assessment Questions
  • 1 x 2-hour virtual classroom sessions with an experienced tutor
  • Practical Assessment Delivery
  • Completing all additional components for the course

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 2 certification.

Course fees

The cost of the course is £55 per person. 

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

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 29: Online learning to be completed between Monday 3rd April- Monday 17th April. Virtual classroom session will take place on Wednesday 12th April (7-9pm). Practical day TBC by BAFCA.

Course 30: Online learning to be completed between Monday 1st May- Monday 15th May. Virtual classroom session will take place on Wednesday 10th May (7-9pm). Practical day TBC by BAFCA.

Course 31: Online learning to be completed between Monday 5th June- Monday 19th June  Virtual classroom session will take place on Wednesday 14th June (7-9pm). Practical day TBC by BAFCA.

*If no courses are available, please register your interest and we will email you when new dates are released*

Would you like further information?

Please email us at education@sportstructures.com or education@bafca.co.uk

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

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