M.R.F.A. are pleased to say that 2 of our coaches, who have just started their coaching pathway with us, have passed their level 1 in football coaching.  Kieran Ralph and Jack Walker have been spending time shadowing our senior coaches to gain experience and insight to the different coaching methods we take and how we best provide support and technical knowledge to our players.

Coaching at M.R.F.A. requires commitment, dedication and hard work.  All of our coaches hold at least Level 1 qualifications and our highest tier of coaches are UEFA B qualified, but we are always constantly thriving and looking at the next phase of coach development.


Having coached for 4 years so far and involved in professional football for 14 years, Michael gave some insight to what it takes to become a successful coach, with players needs at the forefront.

“Being a coach is all about your environment and how you use it.  It’s important to spend time with other coaches, at your tier and higher, watching them run a session, how they talk to the children and also how they engage with parents.  I started out at eighteen and it was something I quickly built a passion for: passing on my knowledge of football and guiding young players.  I know how important it was for me to have at that age.  So I spent time with experienced coaches and began to formate my own ideas and how I would play out a session or game.

As a starter for ten, here are some top tips I suggest any aspiring coach adheres to:

  • Ask questions!  No question is stupid or irrelevant
  • Get involved in local FA activities and attend workshops to aid your development
  • Put variety into your sessions, incorporate progressions and individual challenges to your players
  • Ensure each session is planned and there is a clear structure of how the session will run
  • Take a look at the surroundings, is the pitch area the correct size for the outcome you want (e.g. the smaller the area the more touches players will have)?
  • Be aware of market trends in the footballing industry (yes, this involves watching games on TV…but to an extent!), keep up to date with PFA and FA announcements, what’s upcoming etc.  This also helps with the advice you give to your players
  • Players learn in different ways: get to know individual players and how you can best explain and aid them with technical explanations.  It’s never easy being a child and being the only one who seemingly doesn’t understand what has been asked.  Coaching methods include:
    • Visual
    • Command
    • Trial and error
    • Question and answers

If you’re interested in coaching and just starting out, please get in touch with us and we will see what we can do to help!”