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Professional Coaching Course

Born to lead

Coaching is a privilege, not a right. But when your life’s aim is to steer both children and adults to sporting success, our Professional Coaching Course is the only route to take. You’ll be trained in leadership by inspirational teachers, learn hands-on coaching methods from Elite Level Academy coaches and work closely with children of all abilities. With endless global career choices once you’ve qualified.


You’ll train to become a football or sports coach, through a mixture of theory study, practical sessions and weekly work experience. Your expert tutors will guide and support you in gaining nationally recognised qualifications to enhance your CV when making your next steps towards coaching.

What you need

You must attend a practical assessment prior to being offered a place on the course. You’ll also need to complete a DBS check.

Qualifications you’ll gain

  • Level 2 NVQ Activity Leadership
  • Level 2 Principles of Coaching Sport
  • Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
  • Level 3 Diploma in Sport Development
  • Level 3 Principles of Coaching Sport

Optional: FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football (including first aid and child protection certificates), FA Youth Module Level 1, FA Coaching Disability Footballers, FA Futsal Level 1 and FA Goalkeeping Level 1. Other National Governing Body qualifications on request.

What you’ll learn

Year 1

  • Developing the coach
  • Preparing the coaching journey
  • Improving sports
  • Becoming a leader

Year 2

  • The advanced coaching process
  • Managing a coaching programme
  • Advanced athlete development
  • Supporting Physical Education and school sport

Experience you’ll gain

With two weekly placements per week in Year 1, and three in Year 2, you’ll get a true taste of real world coaching of children of all ages. From teaching toddlers balance and agility skills, to advanced coaching of elite academy players.

Where it leads

  • Global coaching roles
  • Paid apprenticeships
  • Further & higher education

Expert Support

Name: Steven Beddard
Current Position: UEFA ‘B’ senior tutor, 10 years experience



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Success Stories

Name: Kieran Sheen

Course: Professional Coaching Course

Current Position: Academy Coach

Leading came naturally to Kieran when he joined the course at De La Salle Academy. He became a junior referee and put his newly acquired skills into practice in the UK and Scandinavia. His journey has been an adventurous one since having gained summer employment in the USA and more recently gone full time in Sri Lanka. Future coaching destinations include Thailand and Singapore.


Success Stories

Name: Adam Howard

Current Position: Professional Coaching Course

Current Position: Primary School Apprentice

Current apprentice coach Adam from Lancashire has been a real role model for Primary School children since joining LLS. Having volunteered on the Liverpool FC Foundation programme during his sixth form studies and gained experience coaching in multiple countries, he has future aspirations of being employed full time in a primary school setting.


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