You’ve got the relevant FA coaching qualifications and you’re ready to put your expertise to good use. So, how do you go about finding a football coaching position?
Well, that rather depends on the sort of role that you are looking for. Are you seeking full-time employment and a career in football, work at a school delivering a PE curriculum or are you looking to help out as a volunteer at a local grassroots club?
Because there are so many different ways in which you can coach football, there are many different ways in which you can find that perfect football coaching position for you. Here are four to get you started.
Volunteer with a local club
Volunteering with your local club is arguably the most straightforward way in which you can find a football coaching position. Teams up and down the country are always on the look out for new coaches to come in and help them out and by doing so, you’ll be giving something back to the local community.
There are a whole host of roles that need filling, ranging from taking coaching sessions to going full-on Pep Guardiola and taking over as a manager or head of coaching. You may have a local side who you’ve helped out with previously as part of gaining your qualifications that you could return to or you might have friends or relatives who are already involved with a club and would love to have you along.
Alternatively, you can speak to your local County FA about the opportunities that exist near you. They’ll have a list of affiliated clubs and will be able to put you in touch with those looking for new coaches.
Become an assistant manager
If you’re lacking in experience having only just completed your badges, then one way to pick up expertise is by working under a more experienced coach as their assistant. That way, you can learn from them, becoming the proverbial sponge which soaks up ideas and innovations to incorporate into their own coaching style.
That’s how some of the best managers in the world reached the top of the game. Jose Mourinho began life as a translator and Pep Guardiola was an astute student of many different bosses during his playing career.
By offering your services as an assistant, you can find a route into football and develop as a coach at the same time.
Join a football coaching academy
Becoming a coach with a football coaching academy or coaching provider is a brilliant way to find your first football coaching position. At We Make Footballers, our franchise owners can offer flexible positions that work around you and which will help you gain further experience on your career path.
Have a look at the We Make Footballers academies in your area and get in touch to see if any are recruiting new coaches.
There could even be the opportunity to become a franchise owner yourself in the future. Running your own We Make Footballers academy can turn the dream of a full time job in football into reality, as well as offering you the chance to earn well financially doing something you love.
Find positions online
If you’re looking for a paid position, then your best bet may be to go down the route that most jobseekers do – looking online. There are several websites which have a large number of coaching positions listed, including the UK Sport site.
These aren’t just senior positions either – quite clearly, when the Manchester United or Arsenal job becomes available, they don’t advertise online. Rather, these are for coaching roles such as with academies or community schemes which can offer an excellent route into a coaching career.
Good luck in your coaching journey!