Kent FA

Kent FA

Kent FA Coaching Adult Football Conference

We are delighted to announce the 2018 Kent FA Coaching Adult Football Conference will take place on the 20th May 2018.

The day is open to all coaches and managers regardless of previous experience or knowledge. The conference will be packed full of useful workshops delivered by leading professionals to support coaches ahead of the new season.

The conference, which will be held at K Sports, Aylesford is an ideal opportunity for those coaching and managing in adult football, and those with aspirations to progress and network with others while adding to their own knowledge and experience of the game.

The day will include four exclusive workshops;

- Pre-season preparation – How to make the most of pre-season? Maidstone United FC strength and conditioning coach, Harrison Grant will open the day with a practical session where he will showcase his experience and knowledge in order to deliver an appropriate and efficient pre-season schedule to your players. Harrison will provide attendees with an insight into delivering player specific training and nutrition programmes to ensure the players are fit for purpose.

- Pre-match preparation – How to get your team ready for match day? This workshop will be delivered by former Gillingham FC first team coach and academy manager, Darren Hare. Darren will give an insight into how teams prepare for a weekend fixture including the implementation of a game plan and tactics in both theory and practical demonstrations.

- Psychology in football – How to get your message across? Chris Fullerton is a Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Kent. He has a range of applied experiences including work in professional football with Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and Walsall FC, and elite youth tennis. This workshop will focus on how you can communicate your message to players to help them execute team strategies and instructions.

- Monitoring & Performance Enhancement – How technology can aid player development? James Fuller is a Sports Scientist working for SportsLab providing performance enhancement support to a number of athletes and teams while also supporting the Sport Science and Medical team at Gillingham FC to capture their GPS data. This workshop will analysis the data collected throughout the day and how coaches can make use of this insight to support training loads, injury prevention and performance enhancement.

There are only 50 places available so don’t hesitate and book your place by clicking here. The cost of attending the day is £25.00 which includes a finger buffet lunch.

The day will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm approximately.

For more details please contact Lee Suter (Football Development Officer) on 01622 792 140 or at

Kent FA

Following months of discussions with children and young people about their game, one comment was persistent throughout - “I wish our coaches would just let us play.”


Kent FA

In Kent we have over 5,000 coaches providing football to over 60,000 young players. While the majority of these volunteers create a safe, fun and inclusive environment, too many young people have stories of negative experiences.

We gave nine randomly selected children from across the county, of varying ages, the opportunity to speak openly about their best and worst times playing in youth football.

Luke Baker, Youth and Mini-Soccer Football Development Officer said, “it’s crucial that we not only give our children and young people a voice to express themselves, but act on what they say so we create the best environment for them to enjoy and learn in.”
When given a platform to discuss their experiences, our young people told stories ranging from opposition managers instructing an eight year old to bite another player, to girls being told they shouldn’t play because, “it’s really a boys thing.” To some adults these comments may seem insignificant, but it has been obvious that these are messages that stay with children.

Natalie Curtis, Football Development Officer for Inclusion and Respect said, “With the Respect programme being 8 years old, it is important that as society changes, we, as football, change too. #LetUsPlay is another fantastic initiative developed by the children of Kent to remind us of the importance of positive and encouraging behaviour that they need from their touchlines.”

We hope that by taking just a few minutes to listen to how our children and young people feel when derogatory, negative or threatening comments are used against them, we can improve our youth football environment for the better.

For more details on the 'Lets Us Play' campaign please visit the Kent FA website here