Pro Licence graduation stage

UEFA Pro Licence graduates celebrate their achievements

The end of an 18-month journey

Some of the best and brightest coaches from across the country gathered at Windsor on Monday to celebrate their achievements, as the class of 2020 and 2021 graduated from The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football. Staff from Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester City and more were celebrating with coaches from all levels of the game.

These coaches join an exclusive club of less than 500 graduates to complete the UEFA Pro Licence with England Football, including the likes of Graham Potter, Emma Hayes, Scott Parker, Sean Dyche, Brendan Rodgers and the England manager Gareth Southgate.

Completing The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football course is not easy, and is certainly a milestone worth celebrating. It’s England Football’s highest football coaching qualification and prepares the next generation of coaches for the pressure and challenges of modern football management in the senior game and academy settings.

Everyone on the course is trained to manage media relations, introduced to working with Technical Directors and guided on how to create high-performance cultures and environments within their clubs. This preparation for life in management gives every graduate the on and off-the-pitch skills necessary to succeed and adapt to life at the very top of the professional game at home or abroad.

It isn’t only coaches from the men’s game who are celebrating. Casey Stoney (Manchester United), Beverley Priestman (Canada) and Rehanne Skinner (Tottenham Hotspur) all graduated from the UEFA Pro Licence on Monday and continue the growing trend of elite coaches from the female game reaching the pinnacle of coaching qualifications in England.

Guy Whittingham, UEFA Pro Licence Lead, said: “A huge congratulations to all of our graduates. Achieving the UEFA Pro Licence is a fantastic achievement and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next for this group.

There will always be more to learn, new goals to achieve and lessons to discover - and we look forward to supporting these coaches through modern football’s ever changing landscape."

Phil Church, Senior Professional Game Coach Development Lead, said: “The success of our graduates in this course is a testament to the character of these coaches and the hard work they’ve put in during a challenging and uncertain time for all of us.

They’re at the end of an 18-month journey of learning and developing with ourselves, but are at the beginning of a much bigger journey in their career. We wish them all the very best for the future.”


Our FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football graduates are:

The Class of 2021

Beverley Priestman (Canada Women), Brian Barry-Murphy (Rochdale), Casey Stoney (Manchester United Women), Christopher Perry (Millwall), Clifford Byrne (Hull City) Dale Tonge, Edward Brand (Chelsea), John Dempster (Coventry City), John Terry (Aston Villa), Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic), Leam Richardson (Wigan Athletic), Luis Boa Morte, Matthew Gardiner (QPR), Matthew Gill (Ipswich Town), Matthew Wells (Fulham), Michael Bridges (Premier League), Michael Findlay (Granada), Michael Matthews (The FA), Quinton Fortune (Reading), Rory Delap (Stoke City), Ryan Garry (Arsenal), Ryan Lowe (Plymouth Argyle), Sean Lundon, Thomas Culshaw (Rangers).

The Class of 2020

Allan Steele (Brentford), Anthony Barry (Chelsea), Christian Fluthmann (Eintracht Frankfurt), Craig Hinton (The FA), Frank Lampard, Gary Brazil (Nottingham Forest), James McAllister (Bristol City), Jody Morris, John Eustace (QPR), Juan Osorio, Kevin Betsy (The FA), Kolo Toure (Leicester), Liam Manning (New York City), Matt Taylor (Exeter City), Michael Carrick (Manchester Utd), Michael Garrity, Michael Priest (IK Start), Radhi Jaidi (Southampton), Rehanne Skinner (Tottenham Hotspur Women), Shaun Derry (Oxford Utd), Simon Weatherstone (AFC Bournemouth), Steve Guinan (The FA), Terrence Skiverton (Yeovil Town), Wade Elliott (Stoke City).