Manchester United legends Nicky Butt and Nemanja Vidic were among the budding coaches at St. George’s Park last week as the venue hosted study days for both The FA Advanced Youth Award and UEFA Pro Licence.
Coaches from across the country and from a range of clubs from the Premier League to League Two were present to complete three days of study for the Foundation Phase of the Advanced Youth Award and the Module One programme on the Pro Licence.
And with Vidic and Butt joined by the likes of David James, Steven Reid, James Beattie and Jason Euell on the Pro Licence, it was a chance for coaches on both courses to rub shoulders and share ideas.
Running for more than five years, the Advanced Youth Award sees around 100 coaches a year come together to complete the youth coaching element required to receive the Advanced Youth Licence.
The focus this time was on the ‘Psychological Corner’ and discussions and presentations were designed to help coaches be better informed in their understanding of the psychology of young players.