Date published: 20/06/2016
The first ever Cheshire FA Coaching Conference saw over 200 coaches from across the county gather to gain knowledge and hone their skills.
The coaches in attendance at the conference, which took place on Saturday 4 June at Carden Park Hotel near Chester, experienced a one day event of workshops, presentations and practical sessions dedicated to the theme Connections.
Open to coaches of all levels, the conference showed how the framework and vision that underpins The England DNA, The FA's new coaching and playing philosophy, can be applied and used to connect the grassroots game in Cheshire.
The event featured a series of new phase-specific (foundation, youth development, and professional development) workshops delivered by expert FA coaches from across the age phases.
It also included a number of dedicated presentations delivered by a select group of specialist guest speakers, who explored all areas of the game and the Connections through the player and coaching pathways.
BBC 5 Live Presenter, Garry Richardson hosted the conference which began with a video message from England Women's Assistant Coach, Marieanne Spacey, before introducing to the stage one of England’s most gifted players, John Barnes, who took part in a fascinating Q & A session where he talked about some of his experiences on his way to becoming an iconic player.
That was followed by an insightful keynote speech by FA Head of Grassroots Delivery, Les Howie who discussed the England DNA and how it can be implemented in grassroots football.
Attendees were able to choose three workshops to join across the day where they gained insight throughout the day from professionals within the game.
A Q & A with FA North-West Regional Coach Mentors and Developers Jack Walton, Darran Bowles and Steve Smithies rounded the day up before Cheshire FA Chief Executive, Simon Gerrard officially closed the conference.
John Barnes, Ex-Liverpool and England player said: "It's fantastic that Cheshire FA can put on a convention like this, from a coaching perspective it's good to get more coaches involved because while it's great to be the coach of the professional clubs or even the non-league clubs, the (future) Premier League and professional players are going to come from grassroots, so grassroots coaches are extremely important."
Les Howie, FA Head of Grassroots Delivery said: "It's great to see so many grassroots coaches in attendance who are really enthusiastic, who want to learn, who want to develop their coaching skills and knowledge and hopefully they'll take what they learn from this conference back in to their clubs and help improve the quality of coaches and their players in Cheshire.
"To see 200 motivated coaches come together under the leadership and guidance of Cheshire FA to help improve football in the county is absolutely fantastic and the county FA should be congratulated."
Alex Bedford, Cheshire FA Chief Operating Officer said: "Cheshire FA were proud to put on this event to support local coaches and we hope this is a great starting point as we look to provide more learning opportunities for them in the future.
"A huge thank you must go to all the coaches who attended the event and showed a willingness to improve not only their own standards but those of grassroots football in Cheshire as a consequence."
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About Cheshire FA
Supporting football since 1878.
The Cheshire Football Association is the not-for-profit governing body for all Football in Cheshire, and is responsible for the governance, organisation, education and development of football within Cheshire.
Cheshire FA works in conjunction with the National Football Association and is an enterprising and dynamic SME based in the heart of the County.
We currently have approximately 3500 teams playing various formats of affiliated football with over 60,000 weekly participants. The game is supported by over 1,000 referees and upwards of 10,000 volunteers running the game.
Cheshire FA works towards a strategic framework which looks to inwardly invest into key aspects of the game. Over £24 million pounds has been invested into facilities supporting the local football infrastructure and over £4 million pounds into revenue projects.
Ciaran’s Cause is a charity partner of Cheshire FA . They work together to raise funds to supply football clubs with defibrillators and free awareness training of Cardiac Arrest.
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