This week we brought together all of our coaching staff from our five sites to participate in the LFC Coach Accreditation Program at Ultimate Soccer Arenas.
This new initiative was rolled out by Liverpool FC International Academy to ensure that its coaches worldwide are using consistent terminology, linking their coaching to LFC player role models and, most importantly, employing the proven methodologies of the LFC Academy. The accreditation program encompasses all aspects of a player’s development, including the technical and tactical aspects of the game, as well as their social, mental and physical wellbeing.
“In order to receive the LFC Coach Accreditation, coaches must work gradually towards learning all aspects of the LFC philosophy and curriculum,” said Kevin Garner, LFCIA-MI Technical Director over all five sites. “The culmination of the accreditation process is on-field testing with age-appropriate players.”
Club owner Andy Wagstaff, himself a UEFA A licensed coach, was one of the club's four USSF A Licensed staff on hand to conduct the evaluations.
“A great way to grow and develop as a coach is to come out of your comfort zone and accept feedback from your peers,” said Wagstaff. “This is another great opportunity for our coaches to work together with common goals and a proven methodology. In the end, this positively impacts our players.”
This initiative has been rolled out by Andy Nicholas, a coaching educator at the International Academy in England, and is one of the many ways that our relationship with Liverpool FC supports our club, such as the Academy-based curriculum, monthly technical calls with England and annual site visits.