Applications for the 2022-23 Mentee Development Programme are now open

Applications are open until 12 June 2022.

We are pleased to announce that applications for our Mentee Development Programme for the 2022-23 season are now open.

In partnership with The Chelsea Foundation, the Mentee Development Programme provides a season-long placement for 10 aspirational, intentional coaches, aiming to accelerate their development and help them break into the professional game, with each coach receiving a bespoke and agile programme.

This is an unpaid programme, however all incidental expenses will be covered over the season with an October start and July/August finish. You will be expected to commit to approximately 20 days over the course of the programme. Please note that the deadline for applications is Sunday 12 June 2022.

The selected mentees will receive:

  •  An opportunity to observe England national team development camps 
  • A bespoke individualised development action plan based around the coaches needs and wants
  • A blended learning approach with a comprehensive webinar series around player development coupled with face-to-face opportunities to observe this in action with club visits
  • Study visits to professional clubs to observe the boys and girls academies
  • Season-long 1-1 mentoring
  • Presentation and communication skills workshops developing employability skills
  • A CV skills day run by the LMA
  • Reflection skill workshops
  • Developing a series of communities of practice to share experiences and network
  • A series of tactical and analysis workshops
  • Opportunity to complete Talent ID Level 2 qualification

The qualifying criteria for those wishing to apply is UEFA B for male applicants, and Level 2/UEFA C Licence working towards UEFA B or above for female applicants.

In particular we welcome applications from Black, Asian and female candidates in order to help address the historically significant underrepresentation of coaches from these groups. To begin your application, please follow the link below:

Speaking on the launch of the initiative, Butch Fazal, FA Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager said: "The Mentee Development Programme is another fantastic opportunity for aspirational coaches from historically underrepresented backgrounds to accelerate their progress into the professional game.

This expenses-only paid role across 20 days in the season will enable coaches to gain invaluable experience and exposure across a number of support and development opportunities."