Learner Testimonials

Here you will find testimonials from learners that have attended a variety of courses with West Riding FA. If you have a testimonial you would like to add, please email courses@westridingfa.com

FA Level 1 in Coaching Football

Date: November 2017

Venue: Middleton Leisure Centre

Tutor: Ben Hardaker

Things I liked:
I was really impressed by your delivery of the course and I think that was because:
a. Your delivery style was excellent (clear and interactive) and got everyone engaged
b. It is very obvious that you have loads of coaching experience – I think you said that you have been involved in coaching for 10 years and it showed (it inspires confidence when a course tutor can deal with curve ball questions so effectively)
c. It came across that you are very committed to the FA DNA model and that really helped to sell it to us all
Things to improve:
I honestly wouldn’t change anything – it was spot on!


It was a really enjoyable course. Thank you for being a brilliant tutor.
The content throughout was excellent and I have learned a lot, as I'm sure
all the gents did.

Course feedback

I really liked
1. Your manner and professional nature - clear and concise delivery of class
work and out on the pitch.
2. How you got us all to interact and share experiences across age groups -
it made it easier for us all.

I am really struggling to be honest with any possible improvements; I
thought it was truly excellent from start to finish. If I do male the step
to level 2 , I would be more than happy you being my tutor.


As one if the most inexperienced coaches on the course I have found it a brilliant learning experience and im certain I'll be a better coach because of it!

I really enjoyed the way you put the course across it can't be easy to teach 18 grown men anything let alone football which we all think we know best!

I'd say allowing and encouraging the open discussion in class and on pitch its brilliant to be able to learn from everyone else as well and to be able to bounce thoughts around the room

The structure of you showing us your way in the morning and allowing us to have a go in the afternoon once we have had chance to reflect and discuss.

In this morning's session I feel maybe the team being coached by you may get a little more out of the session than we did regards match day coaching! Maybe play 2 shorter games and change who you coach?

However I'll be honest and say I can't think of a second point. This course has been excellent I've really enjoyed it and learned an awful lots about myself as a coach and even as a parent watching/supporting and that can only be good for my team and my son!

I now have a full squad for my new team and I start coaching them on 16th January and I can't wait go start putting what you've tought me into practise.

Thankyou for your help and encouragement it's been a genuine pleasure! Good luck for the future hope to meet again some time


Ben id just like to say a massive thank you for getting me through the course...
From start to finish you was extremely approachable and easy to talk to...
The way you get your points across were really good too....you’ve taught me so much in such a small space of time I couldn’t have asked for anything more really...

In all honesty I don’t think there’s much for you to improve on apart from maybe a better biscuit selection and your choice of football team is debatable!!! Keep up the great work mate




Date: October 2017

Venue: Glasshoughton

Tutor: Ben Hardaker

About course, even if I dont speak a lot durning sessions because language barrier and I don't everything I understand ) I am very glad that I attend.

In my opinion, very well conducted sessions, many practical activities require thinking, good positive manner, a lot of interaction. Your and Dav's way of doing sessions, positive manner, enthusiasm allowed me to believe in myself, to open myself. Thank you for that.


Date: November 2016

Venue: Battyeford

Tutor: Steve Dorey   

I just want to personally thank you for the course you are running... as much as I think I do a lot already with my Under 6's, you have taught me so much.  I have learnt a lot about myself over the last 2 weeks...

The course is class... I'm sure I'm not the only one to say... but your enthusiasm is very infectious and shows throughout the group...

I wish I had done my coaching badges when I was younger but that's life..! I will do what I can to the best of my ability with the kids I have...

Matt (Huddersfield YMCA)

Date:       April 2017

Venue:    Battyeford

Tutor:      Ben Hardaker and James Riches   

I thought the course was beyond excellent - delivered by inspiring and knowledgeable people.

I left motivated and buzzing with ideas.

Great work Ben and team!


Date:       July 2017

Venue:    St. Mary's, Menston

Tutor:      Steve Dorey  

"Great course, great tutor. Will come back for CPD and level 2" Steve

"Laughed a lot, learnt a lot, thanks" Claire

"Really appreciated the work you did with us all. I'm looking forward to preseason now and putting into practice what you taught me" Craig

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course, humour really helped" John

"Appreciate the sessions , you made it worth the time and effort" Ben

"Just a massive thank you for all of your hard work and the abundance of knowledge in your delivery. It was truly an eye opener and I hope this will be the start of my journey in to coaching" Fraser

"Great course, learnt loads and have managed to put it in to practice. Kids love it" Matt

"Much prefer you with the beard, thanks again" Chris

"Thanks for the enthusiasm and enjoyment you provided in the course. The format was really engaging and enjoyable and has given me a lot of good ideas for my coaching going forward" Richard

"Fantastic we'll run course. Enjoyable and informative. Run in an enthusiastic manner and style that made it extremely enjoyable" Ian

"Very enthusiastic tutor who brings energy into every session. Next time I'm panicking on the pitch I have all your wisdom to look back on. Really helpful stuff, thanks" Richard

"Great course , well thought out and presented. Stages of course well structured - broken down and then built up to create a session. Made me look at training in a completely new way" John

FA Level 2 in Coaching Football (Block 1)


FA Level 2 in Coaching Football (Block 2)

Date: March 2017

Venue: WRCFA

Tutors: Julie Chipchase and Steve Dorey

Just a quick thank you for the block 2 this week. I'm still buzzing from it. Brilliant 3 days and you brought it to life superbly.

Steve Rayner (Whinmoor Juniors)

FA Level 2 in Coaching Football (Block 3)

Date: October 2017

Venue: WRCFA

Tutors: Steve Dorey, James Riches and Ben Hardaker

Just wanted to say thank you for making the course such a fantastic experience for me. I have learned so much over all 3 blocks and yourself and James delivered a great course which has be really educational and a lot of good fun. 

It's reassuring to know that I was already more or less on the right tracks in terms of my overall approach to coaching junior football and the course has know given me much more to add to what I was trying to implement in my own coaching, particularly in terms of structure and planning which I started to put in to practice after week 1 of block 1. Since then my sessions have continued to improve and my players are benefiting massively because of it.

Tony (North East Leeds)


FA Level 2 in Coaching Football (Full Course) 


Michelle Woolias, FA Mum Of The Year 2016

FA Emergency Aid

During last autumn, I asked Diane Horne at West Riding FA to arrange a bespoke Emergency Aid course on behalf of approximately 10 coaches/managers at our club.

Diane was brilliant all the way through from my initial request to confirming the attendees/date. She kept updating me with information that she needed throughout.

The tutor on the course was very engaging and the 3 hours flew by as she provided clear, precise information; made time for questions; and created a very positive and interactive learning environment.

Thank you to all concerned in making this happened for our club. Well done!

Chris Gibson  (Secretary, Colton Juniors FC)


I just wanted to drop you a note to say I thought the First Aid training last night was brilliant. It was one of the best training sessions I have been involved with over the years. The delivery of the session by Kate was engaging, informative, meaningful, relevant and all round an excellent session.

Please pass on my thanks to Kate.

Thank you,

Paul (Coach)

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