PFA Ireland, in conjunction with the FAI, run members only coaching courses.  PFA Ireland is committed to delivering a pathway of excellence for all members interested in a career in coaching.

The Youth Cert (Level One) is run annually at the end of the League of Ireland season; the course lasts for four consecutive days and is limited to 24 participates.

2016 Schedule

Once courses are confirmed we will post details here, in the meantime please check the FAI website -

Please contact the PFA Ireland office on 01 899 9350 for further details.



Following the success of the first fitness instructor programme delivered by Waverley Sports & Fitness Academy for PFA Ireland members, we are now in a position to offer this programme again for the coming ‘off season’ period in 2016/17. On completion of the programme you will have an international fitness qualification enabling you to design fitness programmes for football and to work in gyms, fitness clubs and leisure centres. Please see below for details of the programme:

Qualification Titles

ITEC Certificate in Fitness Instruction (QQI Level 4)

WSFA FitCoach Award*


8 contact days (plus pre-course reading, research and practice)


FAI HQ, National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, Dublin 15




November 2016

29th 30th

December 2016

6th 7th 13th 14th

January 2017

4th 5th


All day Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Times: 10am to 5pm

Assessment day - to be confirmed


Fee (To PFA Ireland members)

€600 plus €120 exam fees – Total €720

Booking fee €200.  Balance of €520 can be paid in full or in two installments. 

Financial assistance

PFA Ireland members will receive financial assistance towards course fees through the PFA Ireland Education & Support Trust Fund. Please contact PFA Ireland office on 01- 899 9350 for more details.


Booking and More Information

To enroll on the programme or to receive more information, please contact Waverley Sports & Fitness Academy via:

01- 4089769 (ask for Derek O Kelly)

Or text ‘PFAI Member’ to 086 8494660

Please supply name and contact number


Getting Started in 2 Steps

1 – Contact us to enroll

2 – We talk you through the process and get you started


The Benefits

Training as a fitness instructor in football will provide you with many employment opportunities, enhance your fitness performance, lead to progressive education and compliment any coaching qualifications.


Waverley Sports & Fitness Academy will support you before, during and after the programme. 

Format for Programme

Important: Learners must complete pre-course reading and practice before the onsite days listed above. You will have access to phone support, reading materials and videos to assist you with your pre-course learning.

The programme adapts a blended learning approach of offsite and onsite training enabling players to combine their sporting and educational careers.

This includes approx 30 hours pre course reading/practice (compulsory) which will consist of fitness theory and practicing the safe and effective use of gym equipment. Reading materials and guidelines can be sent by email and accessed via our online campus.

Onsite classes (see dates above) to consist of discussion, lecture and practice/demonstration of fitness instructor skills in a gym environment

Further time of approx 40 hours will be needed for home study, practice and research. 

Assessment Criteria

3 assignments & multiple choice question paper

Assessment of skills including gym equipment, circuits, group exercise and devising of fitness plans

(All practical assessments conducted internally)

Course Content

  • Course content includes
  • Anatomy and physiology for soccer fitness
  • Principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • Developing speed, strength & aerobic conditioning
  • Supporting soccer players who take part in exercise
  • Planning gym and field based exercise for soccer
  • Instructing gym and field based exercise for soccer
  • Circuit training and body resistance exercise for soccer
  • Health & safety in fitness planning for soccer
  • Group/team exercise for indoor and outdoor use in soccer
  • Nutritional guidelines for soccer
  • Principles of exercise from childhood through to adult
  • Designing individual fitness plans for soccer players
  • Introduction to strength and conditioning

 Employment & Business Opportunities

Fitness instructor qualifications provide you with a variety of career and business opportunities including:

  • Football clubs
  • Football  teams 
  • Associations & leagues
  • Representative teams  
  • Fitness clubs/leisure centres
  • Gyms
  • Teaching
  • Start a fitness business

And remember; because your qualification is international, it can be used if you wish to travel.

The Skills/Qualifications You Will Have On Completion

On successful completion of the programme you will be:

  • Qualified fitness instructor to international standard
  • Be able to design soccer specific fitness plans
  • Incorporate strength and conditioning methods into fitness plans for indoor & outdoor use
  • Design circuit training and group exercise for indoor & outdoor use
  • Advise players and clubs on fitness programmes for indoor & outdoor use
  • Qualified to instruct on free weights, CV equipment & machine weights


Progressing Your Education

You will also be in a good position to progress your education and training to include courses such as:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Personal trainer
  • Sports nutrition
  • Sports psychology
  • Sports massage
  • Teacher training
  • Progression to 3rd level colleges that specialise in sports & fitness education


Booking and More Information

To enroll on the programme or to receive more information, please contact Waverley Sports & Fitness Academy via:

01- 4089769 (ask for Derek O Kelly)

Or text ‘PFAI Member’ to 086 8494660

Please supply name and contact number


*FitCoach is an entry level fitness instructor award developed by WSFA and is designed for sports practitioners at grassroots level.

It can be used for planning and delivering fitness programmes for underage and amateur teams and players