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Improvements in National Coaching programmes via EU co-operation
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The FAI is the governing body for football in Ireland. The Association is responsible for developing, promoting and fostering international and domestic football within Ireland. This application seeks funding to support mobility for a total of 52 VET staff participants drawn from the following disciplines: England - 16 places – Coach Education Manager and selection of regional coach tutors & development officers – The FA, FA Learning Spain – 16 places – Two FAI Managers and 14 staff selected from Futsal and Education Training Board (ETB) staff – RFEF & Olivanova Slovakia – 12 places - Women’s International and High Performance staff – U19 Euro Championships. Scotland - 8 places, Head of Disability Coaching, regional development officers and Women's FA co-ordinators – Scotish FA. The mobility will be effectively planned, organised, monitored and evaluated by the mobility management team to ensure that the key learning outcomes included herein have been achieved. Key to the evaluation process will be reports from the participants which will benchmark what learning objectives have been achieved and which will be compared and contrasted against the participants intended outcomes prior to the commencement of the mobility utilising questionnaires received post selection for the programme. Tables will be prepared to analyse the relative % success rates against each specific outcome. In addition all feedback from the participants, partners and management team will be collated and used to improve any future mobilities undertaken. There is a need to elevate the status of coaching, so it becomes a recognised and respected profession. This will enable coaches to achieve their full potential. More importantly, it means the standard of football played by their students will inevitably improve. This current project will address key Eramus+ priorities by targeting and upskilling FAI Coach Educators who will make maximum benefit from inclusion on the mobility. The future development of football in this country is reliant on better coaches. At all levels of the game we need coaches who possess the expertise, knowledge and attitude to positively affect the players and teams with which they work. A key objective for participants is that they will benefit from up-skilling and improved career progression opportunities and so the FAI will track participants' employment history for a period of three years updated annually, following the mobility in order to establish key data and trends regarding the direct correlation between a successful European mobility and improved employability. In addition FAI International teams performance at men's, women's and disability senior level will similarly be measured annually for a period of 3 years following the mobility. The Project Manager, Greig Paterson, will be key to the evaluation process. Knowing the candidates personally and being on the mobility, he will be able to provide a balanced judgment in relation to individual benefits and enhanced learning for each participant. Following the mobility both participants and the partner organisations will be required to produce a final report identifying project outcomes and areas for improvement of future mobilities, critically assessing skills acquisition, language training and cultural integration. All parties contributions will be correlated in an overall report evaluating the merits of the project in relation to the learning objectives and outcomes as well as identifying areas for improvement for subsequent coaching study visits within the EU.
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