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Grassroots Football Column
Dave Roberts, Sports Features
FA County Coach Developer, Gordon Staniforth
Coaching features heavily this month as we see funding for those coaches from under-represented communities who want to aspire to higher levels, The FA wanting to double the number of girls playing the game and in the north of the county the launch of a new coaching academy.

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As part of the FA's commitment to addressing the under representation of coaches in minority and ethnic communities, bursaries are being offered to female and males from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities who want to take their FA Level 3 (UEFA B) qualification. Jointly backed by funding from Sport England, successful candidates will receive a £600 contribution towards the cost of their course fees.

This Level 3 funding is not the only pot of coach development money that is available. Coaches working in the professional game can also cash in as there's substantial financial help for Level 4 (UEFA A) and Level 5 (UEFA Pro) courses as well as the FA Advanced Youth Award. The application process for bursaries is open until the end of January and your county FAs will have more details.

The York club's 'Join Our Club' teams training
North Riding is having a busy time preparing for the launch of its coaching academy and 'Join Our Club' initiative aimed at increasing the number of girls playing the game. The coaching facility will be used to provide training and guidance for coaches of all ages and experience. Experienced coaches will be on hand to offer expert advice and in house development programmes are being introduced with FA tutors.

- Elmpark Juniors (York) girls
Match visits and opportunities to work alongside experienced coaches are being offered with the overall aim to build an academy where coaches of all levels can improve. North Riding FA is the place to go for more details.

As well as this there's a renewed push to increase the number of females playing footy. The FA has launched an initiative to see double the number of girls playing the game. On the back of this North Riding has launched its 'Join Our Club' programme which is aimed to help clubs create new girls teams and change the perception that 'Girls don't play football'.

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One club already playing its part is Elmpark Juniors of York who have just opened a girls football programme for 5 to 11 year olds with the teams training on Saturday mornings.

And finally, County FAs are now confirming their 2017 referee training programmes. Many Yorkshire FAs now have their FA Referee course schedules available.

Here in North Riding we have Middlesbrough kicking things off in February, with March courses in York and Scarborough hosting April events. So if you fancy being the next Howard Webb, then get in touch with your local county FA.

Enjoy Christmas and I look forward to seeing you again in the new year!
Grassroots Football Column, 17th December 2016, 11:35 AM