In order to assist with streamlining the BAFCA AGM, the Coaches Association have shared a .pdf of The Calling Notice, Agenda and Directors Reports.
Many may not have delved into the details included therein, but in truth there’s a great amount of information available about the future of Coaching in the UK!
The reports include details of the planned BAFCA restructure that will see a significant expansion of the BAFCA leadership. In line with the restructure of BAFA, the changes will see the creation of a number of ‘teams’, allowing for further development in the following areas:
- Education Team
- Marketing & Comms Team
- Governance & Compliance Team
- Development & Relations Team
Alongside this, BAFCA will create a number of Commissions, Working Groups and Task Forces:
- Coach Development Commission
- Technical Solutions Commission
- Cadet/Youth/Junior Commission
- Performance Commission
- Recruitment & Retention Commission
The Director of Education report by Coach Adam Copple includes some significant insights into the growth and development of coaching over the past year.
514 Level One Coaching Certificates were issued in 2018/19, up from 393 in 17/18, with only a single extra course hosted, displaying an increase of more than 24 Coaches qualified per session, versus 17 in 17/18, and overall a 31% increase on Level One Coaches qualifying in 18/19 versus 17/18.
Further, the BAFCA Level Two Programme got underway this past year, with 25 coaches completing their Level Two qualification where a course simply wasn’t available in 17/18.
With Pete Laird having hopped across into the Director of Development role following his appointment as Director without Portfolio in 2018, any who follow the BAFCA social media channels will have seen their growing number of partnerships and schemes. This includes an ever-growing relationship with USA Football, Clinic and Product development with Gray Tackle Systems, and trialing and sourcing further CPD materials for use by BAFCA members to ensure they’re able to stay savvy as to the very latest coaching techniques, both within Football and beyond.
Finally, Director of Administration Damon Kirby‘s report on BAFCA Membership growth showed encouraging signs of the continuing expansion of Coaching within the UK, as BAFCA membership breached 2000 qualified and registered members in 2018/19.
An area of significant growth was in the University game, where notice of stricter enforcement of coaching minimums saw the number of qualified BUCS coaches increase by 90% (from 477 to 909) as teams sought to ensure they both met the three-coach minimum-standard, and that all members of their coaching rosters were suitably qualified and insured.
There was a slight decrease in the number of registered National Leagues coaches, perhaps simply a ‘cooling off’ following the rapid growth in numbers the prior season, but the numbers also show that one area still in need of further focus is Flag Coaching where there are currently only 109 flag-focused qualified coaches, barely more than the number of BAFA National Leagues flag teams! (92)
You can read the full Agenda and Reports document below, or mobile and tablet users can download it to their device:BAFCA-AGM-Information-2019-with-Reports