FA Lidl Skills Programme

FA Lidl Skills is a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11s of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game. We’ve been providing high quality football coaching courses for children since 2007 and have to date provided over 8 million child places on the programme, aiming to provide 1.2 million coaching opportunities per year.

FA Lidl Skills is a nationwide initiative run by The Football Association and funded by Sport England.  We provide after-school football coaching, holiday football coaching, support for charter standard football clubs and we also work within primary schools providing specialist football coaching. Our aim is to develop better and more technically gifted football players but also to give every child the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

FA Lidl Skills is based on a unique FA coaching model that helps boys and girls of all abilities to grow, develop their skills and to reach their potential.  The FA four corner model encompasses four key attributes that are vital for any developing young footballer: Physical, Technical, Psychological and Social elements, helping children to develop more than just their football skills – we’ll help them to gain confidence, build self-esteem, learn to work as  team and improve their decision making.


Meet your FA Lidl Skills Coaches  


Joe work's in Hull's primary schools, supporting club coaches and delivering sessions for boys and girls at our FA Skills Centre's. After leaving Hull City as a player Joe began a career in coaching with Hull Brazilian Soccer Schools as well as coordinating and delivering sessions as an assistant Football Development Officer, supporting the East Riding's County Plan. Joe has significant experience of coaching football to 5 - 11 year olds and before joining the programme, whilst in his role as PE Coordinator at Collingwood Primary School. 

Joe joined The FA Lidl Skills Programme in 2010 as part of the West Riding Team, transferring to the East Riding in 2013. Joe is the head coach for our FA Skills Centre at St Mary's College and leads the team on supporting Charter Standard Clubs and their coaches. He is a Level 3, UEFA B qualified coach and has completed the FA Youth Award Modules 1, 2 & 3. 

Joe has 2 young boys of his own, along with his role this brings about a real interest in child development. He is passionate about gaining further understanding in this area to help support each individual child's holistic progression.

Sam is an FA Lidl Skills coach with the East Riding team.

Sam has worked in a host of coaching roles, including as a Community Coach for Girls and Disability and college football. 

Alongside the FA Lidl Skills job Sam also coaches the Under 15's at North Yorkshire Girls Centre of Excellence based at York College, trying to develop players to play at the highest level.

Sam is a Level 3 qualified coach and has also completed the FA Youth Award modules one, two and three. Sam is also a Level 1 goalkeeping coach.

As part of the East Riding FA Skills team, she works with schools and clubs within the Bridlington School Sports Partnership.

For further information on afterschool Lidl skills centres and holiday courses in Hull and East Riding please click on the links below:

After School Skills Centres

Holiday Courses

For more information on the FA Skills Coach Mentoring Programme please click below:

FA Lidl Skills Coach Mentoring Programme    

FA Skills
Licensed Coaches Club