The latest graduates of England Football Learning’s FA Level 5 for Technical Directors course attended a dinner and certificate presentation at Hoar Cross Hall in Burton-on-Trent on Thursday 23 September 2021, to mark the conclusion of the programme.
Hosted by Phil Church, England Football Learning’s Senior Professional Game Coach Development Lead, the evening was an opportunity to come together and reflect on the learnings of the course, and to celebrate progress made over the past 20 months.
The 12 graduates from the 2019-2021 programme all hold positions at clubs within domestic and international leagues, with attendees from Forest Green Rovers and Chelsea FC to governing body The Premier League and Norwegian Eliteserien side Bodo Glimt among others to participate.
The FA Level 5 for Technical Directors course is open to existing Technical Directors and those in the game who have been identified with the potential for the role and who can further develop their careers. The programme explores the strategy and leadership required to fulfil the position, areas of personal development and how the role is central to instilling a high-performance culture within elite sport.
The taught element of the bespoke and individualised course is 25 days in total, with workshops delivered within the state-of-the-art facilities of St George’s Park and on-site Hilton hotel’s flexible conference spaces. Commencing with two days of assessment and profiling, the course is comprised of eight two-day modules, three days of study visits and a minimum of five in-person executive coaching sessions and one-to-one tutor visits.
Supported by online learning, the course also includes visits to high performing organisations, with elite clubs hosting hub visits and a chance for participants to attend a three-day study visit at a world-leading organisation in Europe.