This week has seen the UEFA A Licence commence at St. George’s Park, which welcomed 50 applicants; a third of the total number of coaches that participate in the course each year.
The coaches taking part in the course, held at the home of England’s national football teams, aspire to work within the men’s and women’s professional game at senior and or youth development level, and will learn how to develop players effectively for the 11v11 game.
As the highest practical coaching qualification awarded by The FA, the 12-month course is helping coaches build on their technical and tactical skills, strategies and tactics, systems of play and the England DNA principles. These content areas were also viewed from a multidisciplinary perspective through the integration of physical, psychological and performance analysis support.
Focused on those with aspirations of working in the top flight or international level, the coaches who hold the qualification can apply for the FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football, a mandatory qualification for first team managers in the Premier League.
Ran by Matthew Bishop (Bish), Course Director, and Liam Hill, Course Co-Ordinator, the taught element of the course will take over 12 days within a one-year period at the state-of-the-art facilities at St. George’s Park – home of England Football Learning. The many areas of St. George’s Park utilised include, showcasing the advantages of the viewing platform for coaches, the indoor 3G and pitch, and the wealth of analytic equipment.
Senior Professional Game UEFA ‘A’ Licence Lead, Matthew Bishop, said: “St. George’s Park has brought through some of the country’s leading top flight and international coaches. We are delighted to welcome and train the next generation of coaches at the elite facilities and pitches that allow for the highest level of education. We are privileged to be able to use these iconic facilities.”
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