SMP have run stand-alone, in-house F.A Level-1 & -2 coaching courses for local young people since 2006.

In partnership with the London F.A, we have produced over 200 qualified local coaches at Level-1, Level-2 and UEFA B Licence.

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An FA Charter Standard club celebrating its tenth anniversary, the project has progressed from modest beginnings to achieve the coveted title of ‘London Football Association Charter Standard Club of the Year 2014.

David Kiobel

Lambeth Council Sports & Recreation Service
They love football, that sense of community. And St. Matthew’s has got that special part of the community…the coaches, the project manager’s role – it’s central to the success of the project.

PC Adam Barr

Safer Schools Police Officer
I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the help and support you have given to us girls at St. Matthew’s and especially to me as an individual in my development. I honestly don’t know where I would be without SMP.

Aramide, aged 18.

Former participant, volunteer and coach.

Three coaches have gained the UEFA B coaching licence through SMP, including Ashley Bosah, the current first team coach at Tooting & Mitcham United F.C..

Participants wishing to enrol on a football coaching course must be aged 16+ and commit to a minimum of 20 hours volunteering with the Project. Due to the new structure of the F.A Coach Education programme, we will no longer be able to host in-house courses.

The F.A Level-1 course is now the ‘Introduction to Coaching Football’ course and is delivered entirely online. To pass Introduction to Coaching Football, candidates will need to work through e-learning modules, unlocking new ones each week, as well as completing a short online assessment.

The F.A UEFA C course has replaced the FA Level 2, which has now been discontinued. The course will last for approximately 16-20 weeks, supporting the principles of spaced learning and giving candidates the opportunity to reflect and practice what they’ve learnt in real-time. Candidates must be actively coaching a group of players who regularly undertake training and play in organised or competitive fixtures. These can be made at SMFC training sessions and matches.

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