Club Improvement Programme

Developing and supporting grassroots volunteers


Across Sheffield & Hallamshire there are more teams than ever playing football within almost 700 clubs run by dedicated volunteers.  The number of clubs is gradually reducing but the size and opportunities offered by our clubs has increased with many of our larger clubs now supporting over 25 teams.  

The growth and sustainability of clubs has been supported by the FA Charter Standard programme which creates a framework for recognising and rewarding clubs, ensuring good governance structures are in place, and encourages a safe and inclusive environment for players.  Clubs that demonstrate such standards are then prioritised for investment in terms of revenue support for developing coaches and volunteers, and to develop their facilities. 

This season we are introducing our 
Club Improvement Programme where we will offer a number of ‘on the pitch’ and ‘off the pitch’ workshops, giving grassroots volunteers opportunities to develop through practical and theoretical workshops.  Our aims are to ensure that club coaches deliver a high quality playing experience for their players, club volunteers have the right skills and tools to administer the game and are recognised for their contribution, and clubs have access to the right products and services from The FA and County FA.  

Through the FA Charter Standard programme, our long term ambitions are to support clubs to;

- Develop a full player pathway for males and females (youth to adult)
- Have an FA Level 1 coach with all youth teams
- Integrate The FA Respect programme
- Develop a strong club infrastructure 
- Promote excellent safeguarding and welfare standards
- Develop their own coaching and volunteer plan
- Create opportunities for disabled players 
- Become a sustainable community organisation

We will run a number of workshops throughout the season, across South Yorkshire.  Details of our workshops can be found below;

SSE Wildcats Girls Football Programme
Online webinar discussing the Wildcats application process and delivering the programme
5th November, 6:00-7:00 pm and 8th November, 6:00-7:00 pm

Charter Standard Support Evening
‘One to one’ support available to help your club with Charter Standard applications or annual health check.  Via appointment only
12th November, 6:00-8:00 pm at Doncaster & District Junior Sunday League offices, Doncaster

The Beautiful Game:  An Introduction to Football Coaching
A coaching workshop focussing on becoming a coach and the coaching pathway, how to deliver coaching sessions, and how to get involved in local opportunities.
21st November, 6:30-8:30pm at The U-Mix Centre, Sheffield

Groundsman Workshop
A workshop delivered in partnership with the Institute of Groundsmanship focusing on football pitch maintenance during the winter period.  Abacus Lighting will also discuss how they can support clubs with floodlights. 
26th November, 6:30-9:00 pm at Handsworth Juniors Football Club, Olivers Mount, Sheffield. 

England DNA Foundation Phase Roadshow
Pete Sturgess, FA National Lead Foundation Phase (5-11) will share and deliver his vision of the England DNA
4th December, 6:30-9:00 pm at Hillsborough College, Sheffield 

Developing Volunteers
Volunteers are an integral part of the grassroots football landscape.  This workshop is designed to support clubs with their recruitment and more importantly the retention of volunteers.  An interactive workshop where we will share good practice around advertising, safer recruitment, recognising and rewarding volunteers, and understanding motivations and barriers.
20th December, 6:30-8:30 pm at Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA (light food refreshments and drinks will be provided)

To book your place on a workshop please click on the relevant link and complete the online booking form.  Should you require further information about a workshop or would like to host a workshop at your club please email


FA Level 2 Insight event
If you’re looking to progress your coaching knowledge from FA Level 1, then this free workshop will give you an insight into the FA Level 2 course.  Continue your journey through the core components of the England DNA – How we Coach, How we Support, and The Future Player.  
6th March, 6:30-8:30 pm at SGP Westfield, Sheffield. 

Coaching Female Players - The Physical Corner
This session will look at how coaches work with players on developing the ‘physical corner’.  With a mixture of theory and practical, you will see tutors deliver ‘random’, ‘constant’ and ‘variable’ practices with female players.  
Thursday 11th April, 6:30-8:30 pm, Kiveton Park Football Club, S26 5QQ
Tuesday 23rd April, 6:30-8:30 pm, Brunsmeer Athletic Football Club, S17 3EB

Incorporating Goalkeepers – A part of the team, not apart from the team
This workshop shall be delivered by Brian Peck and will show practical examples where  there is a focus on GK technical, and tactical detail, while incorporating them within the squad.  Examples will cover, save selection, dealing with 1 v 1 situations, distribution, etc.

If you want to develop your GK and the squad, not only on technical/tactical detail, but also to improve relationships with units of the team, book on the workshop now.
7th May, 6:00-9:00 pm at SGP Thorncliffe, Sheffield


Youth Development Phase England DNA Event
The event, delivered by FA Regional Coach Mentor Graeme Carrick, is an introduction to the England DNA Youth Development Phase. The 3 hour workshop will highlight our ethos, principles & considerations for coaches working with 12-16 year olds across the game

Friday 24th May, 6:30-9:30 pm at The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster


Coaching Disabled Footballers Workshop
The course is designed to provide you with ideas and practices for the inclusion of disabled players in your sessions, whether that’s a mainstream or impairment specific session.  Attending the course should make you feel more confident in extending your existing coaching skills to include players with a range of impairments. 
Saturday 8th June, 9:00am-4:00pm, Dinnington High School





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