At the top levels of both the men's and women's game, female and Black, Asian and ethnically diverse coaches continue to be significantly under-represented within key positions.
England Football is committed to changing that. Applications are now open to join England Football Learning’s new coach development group for the 2021/22 season. In this programme, coaches from under-represented groups are given the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and support, as they develop their skills and work towards a career in the professional game.
From in-situ support to online mentors, individual action plans and visits to St George’s Park, all participants receive tailored support and training, throughout the season from our team of expert Coach Mentors.
Through the introduction of programmes like this group, we can create more opportunities for Black, Asian, ethnically diverse and female coaches and help address the issue of under-representation in football.
Participants will also be given the opportunity to learn more about the A licence qualification. They will be given the opportunity to meet tutors from the course, and see for themselves exactly what is involved, and how to prepare for it effectively.
I have attempted to get on the A licence for a number of years, without any success. What this group enabled me to do was gain a greater understanding about the qualification and dig deeper into whether this was the next appropriate stage in my learning and development as a coach. (Mounir Barka, Crystal Palace For Life Foundation)
This has been a fantastic opportunity for me to not only continue on my coaching journey, but also to widen my network of coaches from across the country. Joining the group was no guarantee of a place on the A licence, what the season long learning enabled me to do was put a stronger application in with the knowledge I have had a mentor supporting me and observing my practice and the environment I work in. (Trishan Patel, Assistant Manager, Berkhamsted FC)
I am delighted to open up applications for this year's coach development group. One of the key challenges for aspirational, intentional Black, Asian, ethnically diverse coaches and females is access to the next key learning opportunity to continue their coaching journey. This aim of this group is to offer an exclusive insight into the A licence, coupled with a personalised learning programme that strengthens any future applications. (Butch Fazal, Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager, England Football Learning)
The confidence and skills gained from this project are specifically designed to support a coach’s transition into the professional game. If this is something you aspire to, and you want to join this programme for the 2021/22 season, then you can apply using the link below.
Please be aware, that to join next seasons coach development group, you must have already achieved The FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football.
The application window will remain open until Friday 18 June 2021.
All applicants will find out whether they have been successful on 2 July, ready for a start in September 2021.