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Tiger Cubs gain FA Level 1 in coaching 11/07/2014

On Friday 13th, 6 DSActive players, 3 coaches, 1 parent and 2 DSActive employees set off to Birmingham.  This was the last weekly trip up to Birmingham as they had travelled  up for the previous 4 weeks where they worked hard to complete their FA Level One Award in Coaching Football.

 
The course; was organised and run by DSActive in partnership with the Birmingham FA and was adapted for people with Down’s syndrome with the final assessment taking place on July 4th.
The candidates, who came from Cardiff, Fulham and QPR’s DSActive teams  learned about the coaching process, how to organise and deliver coaching sessions effectively and how to develop footballers of all ages and abilities. As part of their assessment they had to deliver a fifteen minute coaching session at the required standard. Nigel Lattimer who was the course tutor remarked on how high the standard of coaching and organisation was over the four weeks. They will also complete a safeguarding children and emergency aid workshop with Middlesex FA in order to successfully complete the award.
Alex Field and Alex Ward represented QPR Tiger Cubs and got involved in learning the basics of coaching and also how to put on some fun football sessions. They are now qualified FA level 1 coaches and they will become assistant coaches at the five Tiger Cubs sessions weekly starting from next year.
 
" I'm so proud of the lads for passing their FA level 1 and they have been a pleasure to work with over the past four weeks in Birmingham. We hope to get Alex and Alex involved in coaching capacities at our weekly sessions next year and they will act as role models for the younger players" Conor Mc Brearty (Disability Projects Manager).

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