CPD Event

CPD Events

Continued Professional Development

Learning and development is an active, continuous process. It's a journey that never ends. And one that is shaped by experiences and learning opportunities gathered anywhere, anytime.

To support your journey, The FA provides a range of learning opportunities for you to engage with. From events in your region to online resources to in situ mentoring, you can access the development support that will make the biggest impact to you and your role.


GK Technical Sessions - Women's Football 

gk session 2Pilkington WFC will be hosting a goalkeeper technical training session in partnership with LWYFL, LCFA and the FA women's high-performance centres twice a month from October to December 2023.

This session, delivered by Neil Smerdon, is aimed at all goalkeepers and prospective goalkeepers within the LWYFL and She Inspires leagues.  This is for 16+ players only.

Aims of the session

To increase support in the technical development of 'keepers in our women's leagues

To provide a social and psychological supportive space for GK's to be around other GK's

To increase support for outfield coaches who might find it difficult to accommodate the training and development of their goalkeeper's in a way they might want to

The session will take place at Ruskin Drive on the following Wednesdays:

  • 4th October
  • 18th October
  • 1st November
  • 15th November
  • 29th November
  • 6th December
  • 13th December

Only 10 places are available and these will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

The cost of the sessions will be £70 for all sessions.  The sessions would have to be booked as a block and we can't offer refunds for any sessions, unless there are exceptional circumstances.  The cost is to ensure we can pay the coaches that come in to help.

If you send more than one 'keeper, this will be reduced to £60 per player.


How to Manage & Observe Difference

When: Wednesday 11th October 2023 (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
Where: Simpsons 3G, Hillfoot Road, Liverpool, L25 7UJ
Cost: Free
Host: FA Regional Coach Mentor Officer, Sarah Lowden

Who is it for?

This is a new workshop aimed at coaches either at the start of their journey or working with players at the start of theirs.

What to expect

This workshop will consider how we create inclusive and challenging sessions and ways we can adapt to meet the needs of our players.


  • Think about the ways we can recognise the needs of our players before, during and after sessions.
  • Understanding the STEP principle.
  • Considering how and when to utilise the STEP principle to adapt and progress sessions.

Workshop overview

The focus of this workshop is around the STEP principle and how to utilise it during sessions to manage difference and develop practices. We will look into different ways of adapting practices to meet the needs of our players whilst promoting a safe and inclusive environment.

Enrol here

Introduction to Goalkeeper Coaching

When: Wednesday 25th October
Where: LCFA Sefton, Drummond Road, Thornton, L23 9YP (6.30pm-9pm)
Cost: Free
Host: Ex-England Women Goalkeeper Coach & current Goalkeeping Coach Mentor, Keith Rees


Introduction to coaching Goalkeeper

How to include Goalkeepers in your weekly training sessions

Pre warm up activities for Goalkeepers

Information on National Goalkeeper Course

Enrol here

Developing Skilful Players

When: Wednesday 15th November (6.30pm – 8.30pm)
Where: Ruskin Drive Sports Village, The Sticky Wicket, Dentons Green, St Helens, WA10 6RP
Cost: Free
Host: FA Regional Coach Mentor Officer, Chris Bramall

Who is it for?

Grassroots coaches with a keen interest in helping their players become more skilful.

What to expect

A 2-hour informative workshop with practice ideas to take away, exploring the development of skilful players, with a focus on one of the following areas:

  • Core Moves
  • The 6 Capabilities
  • Core Skills


  • Introduce key elements of Core Moves, the 6 capabilities or Core Skills.
  • Demonstrate the importance of developing players holistically.
  • Highlight the practice spectrum and showcase practices that promote skill development.

Enrol here

Developing the Goalkeeper 

When: Tuesday 28th November (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
Where: LCFA Sefton, Drummond Road, Thornton, Liverpool, L23 9YP 
Cost: Free
Host: Ex England Women Goalkeeper Coach & current Goalkeeping Coach Mentor, Keith Rees


Leading on from the Introduction to Coaching Goalkeepers, this CPD will take you to the next phase of how to coach and develop your keepers

Enrol here


Head to learn.englandfootball.com to see all courses.


Absolutely. The FA runs events all over the country and for all levels. To explore events please visit our national CPD events page here.

If you're an FA Level 1 or 2 learner, continuous professional development hours are optional and so there is no longer a requirement for licensing.

If you're a UEFA qualified coach, however, you are required to complete 15 hours of CPD every three years to maintain your licence, which The FA recommends is best achieved by completing 5 hours per season