8th October 2004 at 01:00

Psychology for Soccer Level 1, the Football Association's first online course, is designed for coaches, parents and teachers of children aged seven to 12 who are interested in understanding the needs of young football players. Comprising five modules and featuring "true to life" player, coach and parent scenarios, combined with audio and video technology, the course takes around 20 hours to complete. Three months'

support from qualified FA tutors and extensive resource areas is also included. Students receive an FA qualification in psychology. Fee: pound;57. Registration at www.TheFA.comFALearning

Premier Soccer, launched five years ago in East Anglia, runs free coaching sessions for pupils in three age groups in 500 schools across nine English counties every week. It also runs specialised Advanced Centre Coaching sessions, which offer the most promising young players a trial with a professional club. It is now expanding its activities throughout the rest of the UK.

Tel: 0870 870 4120 Email:

Stands for Education is running the following courses: leading, managing and preparing the PE department for a successful Ofsted inspection, Leeds (November 12), Birmingham (November 26) and London (December 10); improving the observation and analysis skills of students to help improve performance in PE, London (November 2 or December 9), Liverpool (November 17), Birmingham (November 29); raising achievement in key stage 3 dance, London (November 8 or December 8), Leeds (November 22), Midlands (December 1).

Fee: pound;225 plus VAT.

Tel: 0117 311 5253


Olympic legend athlete Derek Redmond could be sounding the starting pistol, motivating the athletes and presenting the medals at your next sports day. This is the top prize offered to primary schools in a web-based draw being run by the pen manufacturer, edding UK, until next April. The secondary school prize is pound;2,000 to spend on sports equipment, presented by Derek Redmond. Entry forms can be found in all edding class packs sent to schools, or a free one can be downloaded.

Tel: 01727 846688


Become a sporting superstar for the day at Sportastic!, an interactive exhibition running at Explore-at-Bristol, Harbourside, until November 28. Visitors of all physical and learning abilities can discover how the brain and body adapts during sport. Compete against the world's finest and fittest athletes, try to beat the goalie or keep up with the reaction time wall and participate in virtual volleyball contests, skateboard skills tests or the skeleton bobsleigh run.

Free with a ticket to Explore.

Tel: 0845 345 1235

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