The following courses are available to teachers in schools.


The FA Primary Teachers Award is a one-day course designed for any practicing or aspiring primary school teachers and it has been hugely successful in developing teachers’ confidence to deliver high quality PE.

The course presents ideas for lessons using multi-directional games based around movement skills for 5–11 year olds and directional games based around the basic principles of invasion games. The tutors show how differentiation and assessment for learning can be embedded in PE lessons and also give guidance to those teachers who might run a school team.

The course is applicable for those who wish to build on their existing knowledge and those with little confidence of PE or football.
Throughout the course, the tutors will also explain the importance of high quality PE in schools in order to develop confidence, self-esteem and belief amongst children and also the benefits of PE in raising academic achievement across other school subjects.

ISFA works closely with The FA to offer this course free of charge to member schools. For more information on this course, including organising a course for your school, please contact ISFA National Football Development Manager Ian Bent via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //


The FA coaching pathway provides a route for all coaches from grassroots to elite. Full information on all FA courses can be found by clicking HERE

Courses are coordinated by your local County FA. Find your County FA here and contact them directly.

For more information on the coaching pathway and the various courses available please contact ISFA National Football Development Manager Ian Bent at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. //


Alleyn's were delighted to kick the new term off in emphatic style. As part of the school and football programmes outreach work with the local community, and in an effort to disseminate good practice in coaching to local schools and clubs, 25 coaches from local primaries, senior school teaching staff and the Alleyn's junior school came together for a fantastic CPD opportunity delivered by Craig Lawrence, the FA's Regional PE and coaching schools co-ordinator. The theme of the morning, letting pupils learn through their own play and allowing them the freedom to be creative, was presented in a humorous and memorable fashion with plenty of opportunity for participation and laughter.

Two days later it was Elstree’s teachers turn to benefit as Craig Lawrence delivered a thought provoking and extremely informative session. Beginning in the classroom before progressing to a practical element outside the session focussed around the theme that children need to be developed, have fun and be at the centre of all the activities. The session was well received by the attending coaches with one coach who will be passing on what he had learnt to his 1st XI this term describing the day as the ‘best sports inset he had ever done’.

Any member schools who would like to know more about how ISFA can support them with the delivery of CPD and Inset sessions, or how they can benefit from Craig and his team’s expertise, should contact ISFA National Football Development Manager Ian Bent via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // .


30 coaches from ISFA schools were privileged to enjoy an excellent INSET Day at the Chelsea FC Training Ground at Cobham on Friday 13th May, courtesy of both Chelsea Football Club and Complete Sports Solutions.

Following a welcome coffee, the group moved to the First Team building for a fascinating presentation by Chelsea’s Head of Youth Development, Neil Bath, who gave an insight into the Club’s philosophy and how it goes about identifying and then developing not only talented players but also coaches.

The group then went outside to watch Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup winning coaches, Joe Edwards and Jody Morris, putting on a session with 15-17 year old academy players with the aim of giving the players tasks and practices which might be used in a school setting.  In addition to the session plan, headphones were provided to enable those present to listen to the instructions given to the players.

After lunch, Neil Bath and Gerry Harvey (Head of Education) took questions and then the group were treated to a tour of the First Team building and facilities.

This was an excellent day for all who attended and ISFA must place on record its appreciation to both the Chelsea FC Academy and also to Complete Sports Solutions for making the day possible.




Wed 10th May
ISFA U11 Seven-a-Side Tournament
National Finals
(St. George's Park)