How can Football improve the quality of your PE Curriculum?

Football is our National Game and its popularity can be an inspiring medium through which to help deliver the National Curriculum for PE. The FA’s offer to primary schools aims to benefit and support all the pupils who take part and just as importantly enhance the knowledge, understanding and confidence of primary school teachers.

The FA offer to support Physical Education in Primary Schools is:

  • A minimum of 6 days support per primary school.
  • Medium term plan developed for each class.
  • Short term plans created from the information gathered from the medium term plan.
  • 1:1 bespoke support for the class teacher from FA Skills Coaches
  • Access to the FA Skills website for lesson planning and delivery resources.
  • Additional support via localised teacher in – service events.
  • Sign post to coach education including level 1, 2 and Age Appropriate Youth Module 1, 2 and 3; Working with Disabled players.

Please note that The FA select schools for the FA Skills Programme on a termly basis. You will be contacted if the FA is to develop sessions within your school. If you require support please contact your local County FA.

The FA Primary Teachers Award:  

  • The FA’s PE & Coaching in Education Dept. is committed to supporting teachers in; the delivery of the new National Curriculum for PE, the move towards outstanding PE lessons and demonstrating how football can be used to support the development of physical literacy in children.  
  • The Primary Teachers Award provides and introduction to the skills required to deliver KS1 or KS2 Physical Education lessons through the medium of football.  
  • The FA Primary Teachers Award is free of charge (venue needs to be provided) and is aimed at : 1. University students working towards becoming a Primary School teacher (e.g. BEd. or PGCE courses) 2. Qualified practicing Primary School teachers.
  • 3. Undergraduate students considering Primary teaching as a career. 
  •  The Course runs over six hours (1 day) OR two x three hour sessions and each candidate receives a 60 page resource pack and certification on completion of the course  
  • Further CPD is available to those candidates who complete the PTA - Youth Award Module 1  
  • For further information or to express an interest in The FA Primary Teachers Award, please contact : Chris Brammall (

Teacher resource cards (Short Term Plan, Medium Term Plan, Planning Guidance & Game Cards). Available on


  • English School FA (ESFA) and Independent Schools FA (ISFA) National Mini-Soccer competitions. More information can be found on and
  • ESFA Yr 3 and 4 Festivals in partnership with The FA Skills programme and ISFA.
  • ESFA Local mini-soccer competitions.

Exit Routes

Direct Support

  • FA Skills Coach & FA Skills Team Leader.
  • Local County Football Associations.
  • FA PE & Coaching in Education co-ordinator

Local Offer:

Please use The FA Club Finder for a list of local clubs

Please contact local FA Skills programme Team Leader for information on FA Skills support – find your Counties Team Leader on

FA PE & Coaching in Education Co-ordinator North West – Chris Brammall (


Craig Lewis (County Development Manager, Cumberland FA) Tel: 07786 130168

Dan Ferguson (County Development Officer, Westmorland FA) Tel: 07944 033337

Tony Callister (Football Development Officer, Lancashire FA) Tel: 07789 773 122

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