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Coaching Support

Football is for everyone.

The FA and Manchester FA are here to ensure everyone who participates has a great experience – regardless of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability or disability, faith or age.

In this section you'll find information about support initiatives and training opportunities to help you improve as a coach, be safe in your coaching and the environments you create, and access on-the-ground support when you need it.

Safeguarding and Welfare


Everyone in football has a responsibility to make our game safe and enjoyable.

This is particularly true for coaches. A coach is in a privileged position. The nature of the role means he/she can have significant influence over children and young people and develop relationships of trust with children and their parents/carers. It’s therefore important that coaches understand their safeguarding responsibilities.

Find out how The FA and the Manchester FA manages safeguarding nationally and locally. You’ll also find detailed information on the game’s safeguarding strategy, and how it applies to you.

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The FA Coach Mentor Programme

FA Coach Mentor Programme

On-the-ground grassroots support for FA Charter Standard Clubs, leagues, and coaches.
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FA Coaching Bursaries

The FA Coaching Bursaries

A funding initiative supporting coaches from under-represented communities across English grassroots football with a financial contribution towards an FA course.