CPD’s wrap for 2023/24

Another season of CPD’s has come and gone.

Our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) workshops for the 2023/24 season came to end this month, covering a broad spectrum of topics aimed at enhancing skills and knowledge within grassroots football in Sussex. 

Among the highlights of the CPD menu was the session on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in football, which provided valuable perspectives on understanding and managing neurodiversity within football. Led by Paul Brackley, current FA Para Football Programme Officer, participants gained insights into how to support players with ADHD and optimise their performance on the field as well as how to adapt coaching techniques to get the most out of your players.

Additionally, the Coaching Masterclass with newly appointed Birmingham City Women Head Coach, Amy Merricks proved to be a standout event, drawing on Merricks' wealth of experience in coaching elite-level athletes. Attendees were treated to an interactive session with Crawley AFC, providing brilliant players for a finishing session that delved into advanced coaching techniques and leadership strategies.

A Coaching Masterclass by the Horsham coaching department, a webinar hosted by the Football Fun Factory team, and the two Coaching the Goalkeeper workshops hosted by Lewes Women's goalkeeping coach, Leah Samain were just some of the 17 events that have helped inspire and develop coaches across the county.

Reflecting on the success of the CPD’s, Abi Knight, Development Officer, expressed her delight at the diverse range of workshops and the positive feedback received from participants, stating: "Our aim with the CPD's was to provide a platform for continuous learning and professional growth for our coaches.

“We're thrilled to see the enthusiasm and engagement from participants across the county, none more so than the dedicated members of our SO GOOD Coaches Network.

“The two stand out workshops for me were our Delving into Diversity Webinar, with Pete Augustine and Wasim Ashraf, and our Coaching the Goalkeeper workshops with Leah Samain across two separate evenings.”

“Looking ahead to next season, we’re already hard at work planning the CPD calendar, with a commitment to delivering more enriching experiences and diverse workshops.”

Knight added: “Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to all the tutors we’ve worked with over the season, all the football clubs that have kindly hosted us, and lastly, to all our coaches whose continuous dedication to their roles and improving their knowledge means that their players are receiving the best quality coaching!”

For more information on coaching in Sussex or our SO GOOD Coaches Network please contact:

T: 01903 766855
E: Development@SussexFA.com

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