The British American Football Coaches Association (BAFCA) have announced the development of their Flag Leader qualifications, set to include ‘Flag Leaders for the Community Programmes’ and ‘Flag Leaders for Education’.
The announcement follows requests from the flag community for greater support for the development of Flag Football coaching, as both the most accessible format of the game in the UK, and a superb access route into full contact football.
With most previous BAFCA training focusing primarily on contact football, the focus of these two new qualifications is to provide a strong foundation which can be used to grow the game of Flag Football in the UK through outreach in both schools and the wider community.
As BAFCA shared via their Facebook page:
“The British American Football Coaches Association (BAFCA) are pleased to announce the development of our Flag Leader qualifications to include Flag Leaders for Community Programmes and Flag Leaders for Education.
The Flag Leaders for Community Programmes will be focused of all of the key elements of delivering Flag Football but will also include specific considerations for Community Programmes delivering in education settings.
The Flag Leaders for Education will be focused on teachers, training providers and trainees on delivering Flag Football and will include the key elements associated to the BAFA Schools work with the Youth Sports Trust and School Games.
Both of these awards Flag Leader’s Award are an Entry Level introduction to leading and delivering Flag Football sessions.
The Leader’s Award has been developed to give candidate the tools and resources to take Flag Football into schools and/or community groups, and to deliver good quality and fun-based sessions.
The Leader’s Award does not qualify the candidate to begin coaching a Flag Football team within the British American Football Association (BAFA). However, they may be deemed suitable to work as an assistant alongside a BAFCA Level 1 qualified coach.
BAFCA are delighted to announce the pilot Flag Leaders for Community Programmes to be delivered on Saturday 15th June at The Oxford Academy, Sandy Lane West Littlemore, Oxford OX4 6JZ.
The cost of the course will be £45 per candidate.
Candidates must be aware that this is a practical course. You will need to wear clothing suitable for moderate physical activity and you should bring writing materials
Topics will include Health and Safety, Running a Session, Organising a GameDay and Coaching Young People, Behaviour Management, Coaching Skills and will include practical and written assessments of all candidates.”