Advanced Youth Award

What's the course about?

Working with elite youth players in professional academies demands a particular type of coach - one who has the skills, qualities and attributes to match the specific development requirements of talented individuals to help them reach their potential. 

It has been designed specifically to help create a highly skilled, world class community of youth coaches within the English game by building upon expertise gained within The FA’s Long-Term Player Development Model and working towards an improved delivery of high-class technical programmes for young players. 


I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. The tutors and the content have been excellent and I would recommend this course to anyone working in academy/elite sport.

- Advanced Youth Award coach

Who's it for?

The Advanced Youth Award is designed for coaches already working within Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) who are working with elite youth players in boys' academy football.   

You must: 

  • Be working in boy’s academy football at a club within the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) 
  • Have completed The FA Youth Award  
  • Have completed The UEFA B in Coaching Football 
  • Have completed the Emergency First Aid in Football
  • Have completed The FA Safeguarding Children Workshop or Safeguarding Children Course

How's it structured?

This course consists of 10 days of face-to-face learning as well as online sessions and workshops, spread across the duration of your course. You will also receive a minimum of three in-situ support visits at appropriate times throughout the course. Full attendance of all in person and online components is required to achieve the award.

What is included?

The Fee includes: 

  • Accommodation at St. George’s Park during two-day blocks 
  • All meals 
  • Resources 
  • Full course tuition across all programme areas 
  • Assessment & Certification Fee

  • The Full-Time AYA course is an intensive nine-month learning experience based at St. Georges Park. All accommodation and sustenance costs are included in the price of this course. The Part-Time AYA course focuses on regional delivery and includes fewer accommodation expenses. 


    What are the learning outcomes?

    The course will show you how to underpin a technical and tactical programme with the physical, social and psychological disciplines, as well as a closer integration of the Long-Term Player Development Model, to create an elite development experience for your players. 

    It will do this across the three age-phases - Foundation (5-11), Youth Development (12-16), and Professional Development (17-21) - helping you to make closer connections between the course and your role at your club.  

    By the end of the course you'll have learned about: 

  • Aligning coaching practice with the demands of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) 
  • The impact of the four corners on player development 
  • How to individualise your coaching to meet players' learning development needs
  • I have dealt with certain situations very differently than I would have done if I hadn't been on this course. It has improved my understanding that certain players need to be dealt with in a specific way.

    - Advanced Youth Award coach


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