Coaching Pathways Programme
The Asian Football Network’s (AFN) innovative and groundbreaking Coaching Pathways Programme (CPP) has delivered the UK’s first FA level 1 coaching courses for Asian and Ethnic minority men and women, in partnership with County FAs.
The AFN’s CPP was set up to tackle and understand the barriers faced by Asian and other minority groups in accessing mainstream coaching provision. The AFN aims to identify the barriers facing aspiring Asian coaches who would like to get involved in coaching and whilst addressing the reasons for the lack of qualified UK Asian coaches.
An AFN research project uncovered a lack of quality coaching provision and limited pathways are two of the key factors inhibiting the progression of Asian players and coaches into mainstream football and the professional game. The CPP aims to harness the huge hidden potential in Asian communities by delivering targeted coaching courses so that more Asian and minority ethnic individuals can access mainstream provision.
AFN Director Kuljit Randhawa said:
“We knew that if we designed a courses sensitive to the needs of the Asian community, and communicated it through the right channels, we would achieve a high attendance rate. We weren’t at all surprised with the response and enthusiasm for the courses. There is a need for more Asian coaches, which in turn would bring about better coaching opportunities at grassroots level and provide positive role models for Asian communities and beyond.”
Nazmin from Elite Youth participated in a course in East London targeted at Asian women and girls, said:
“We really enjoyed the course and are please that the AFN set it up as otherwise we probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to become coaches. It’s important for us to be role models for the next generation of players and coaches.”