At Swalings we have an ultimate goal: to continually develop each child’s football skillset and to help shape them into respected citizens. We use our own unique coaching philosophy to train players which has been perfected over 30 years, coaching varying sports and disciplines. We work with children of all abilities and learning paces.
Every child is treated as an individual and set realistic goals to keep them engaged and progressing. All our football coaches are fully qualified through the English FA and CONCACAF and trained in our coaching methodology and are DBS checked before working with children.
Upon joining Swalings you will notice a variety of staff that interact with pupils for different reasons. Each staff member plays a vital role in the development of the pupil and management of the lessons.
Pitchside Managers (PSM)
The PSM’s are ultimately responsible for ensuring the smooth running of our football lessons and the safety of the children. They act as the head coach and to support the teachers where needed. They are the first point of contact for parents and guardians wishing to discuss anything relating to their children’s lessons and overall development. PSM’s are highly experienced and qualified football coaches, who are first aid trained and DBS checked.
The Senior Coaches are fully qualified teachers and first aid trained. They are responsible for their own classes but also to mentor other team members to ensure teaching standards are maintained and continuously developed. Senior Coaches act as a liaison between the PSM and the teaching staff.
The coaches primary role is to ensure pupils are taught the necessary skills and technique depending upon their individual ability and progression, in accordance with the Swalings badge scheme and methodology. Coaches instruct according to the Swalings football philosophy and are qualified to the highest standards and are regularly assessed during their continued professional development to ensure these standards are maintained. They are also qualified first aiders and DBS checked.
The Swalings helper’s primary responsibility is to support the coach and monitor the pupils to ensure their safety and development. They are always on the pitch with the pupils and will have more likely than not, grown up being taught to play by Swalings and as such already understand the importance of the Swalings methodology. Helpers are continuously assessed for their own personal development and specialist knowledge.