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Coaching Qualifications






The Scottish Schools' FA is committed to ensuring, as far as possible, that all coaches working with players in the Association's activities have undertaken at least a basic course from the Scottish FA's Coach Education Programme.  There are opportunities for coaches to receive support for participation in courses at Level 1 and on occasions Level 2. 


For more information contact the SSFA Office at Hampden Park.



                         SECONDARY SCHOOL AGES


The following are preferred levels of qualification and, for District & National teams, it is expected that coaches are at least working towards these qualifications :


  • School Teams - Level 1, preferably Level 1.2, with Level 1.3 recommended
  • District Teams - Level 2 - C Licence Course
  • National Teams - Level 2 - C Licence Course


                           PRIMARY SCHOOL AGES


The appropriate level of qualification from the Children's strand of Coach Education would apply.





Information in greater detail below :


Scottish FA Coach Education Pathway

The pathway relevant to teachers involved in taking a school team is as follows :

Development Certificate - 6 Hour Course - £30.  Attendance.

Level 1.2 - Coaching Footballers 13+  - 12 Hours - £45.  Attendance.
Level 1.3 - Coaching in the Game       - 12 Hours - £55.  Attendance.

These courses constitute a Level 1 qualification with the level 1.2 qualification considered as a minimum qualification and the level 1.3 qualification as recommended.

Level 2   - C Licence Course              - 30 Hours - £225.  Assessed.

This qualification is recommended for staff involved with Local Association teams and International Squad teams.

Level 3   - B Licence Course             - 16 Day Course over 1 year. Assessed.  Approximate costs - £1200 for Introductory Course.  £200 for Assessment days.

The SSFA will consider applications for attendance at courses at Level 1 and on occasions for the Level 2 course.

Initial enquiry for support should be made to Stewart Taylor.  Following approval from the President's Committee, applicants should then complete a Scottish FA application form and indicate that payment would be made by a third party - Mr. Alex McMenemy, SSFA Treasurer, Hampden Park, Glasgow.



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