The FA and PFA | England Elite Coach Programme

Federations & Major Events
United Kingdom
Full Time
7 / 07

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The FA and PFA | England Elite Coach Programme

Based at St. George's Park, near Burton upon Trent

The England Elite Coach Programme is jointly owned between The Football Association (The FA) and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) as part of their commitment to increase the diversity of coaches and to develop greater equality of opportunities to ensure that more diverse coaches are gaining essential experience to challenge for elite coaching and technical roles in football in the future.

This programme is particularly focused on male and female applicants of Black, Asian, Mixed or other ethnic backgrounds (for the avoidance of doubt, The FA adopts this classification to refer to members of communities within the UK who identify as 'other than white' [this is consistent with the ONS definition of "Ethnic Minority (UK)"]).


  • Programme: England Elite Coach Programme
  • Role title: EnglandElite National Coach
  • Role type: Event activity based (Plan-Do-Review)
  • Estimated number of events: 3-6
  • Estimated days commitment: 30-60


Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation through Winning England Teams.

To deliver against this inspiring goal we have reallocated resources and invested heavily in developing a team of exceptional people capable of creating winning England teams at our world-class training facilities at St. George's Park in Staffordshire.

This jointly funded programme provides a unique and exciting opportunity to join The FA and will be integral to the organisation achieving its goals.


One of The FA's strategic objectives is to have in place 'a world-leading education programme for a diverse football workforce'. Both The FA and PFA have put coaching and the development of quality coaches, front and centre of their agenda and are taking positive action to widen the diversity of the coaching talent pool. It's a major commitment and investment from both organisations to improve the diversity of coaches within our National teams, creating a better reflection of ethnicity and gender in key positions and providing new pathways for aspiring coaches and players.

People of Black, Asian, Mixed or other ethnic backgrounds and female coaches (of any ethnic origin) continue to be significantly under-represented at the top levels of the men's and women's game. One of the key areas of the PFA's focus over the last decade has been challenging the recruitment procedures in the professional game, aiming to widen the representation and visibility of diverse talent across all areas of football.

The FA has looked inwardly at this under-representation and is committed to developing greater equality of opportunities that includes ensuring more under-represented coaches are obtaining relevant qualifications and gaining essential experience to challenge for elite and national coaching roles in football, demonstrating a commitment to address the challenge within The FA and the elite level of the game.

The long-term aim is to improve the talent pool of not only coaches but those who understand the England DNA and what is expected at international level. Whilst The FA is not a club, it is uniquely placed with the Technical division, including FA Education and the England team operations based at St. George's Park, to provide excellent learning and professional development opportunities.


Reporting to the National Head Coach of the relevant England squad, the post-holder will gain vital knowledge, understanding and skills through formal, non-formal and informal learning and development opportunities that will enable them to confidently challenge for elite and national coaching roles.

This is a camp based training and development opportunity (with reasonable expenses to be met, as outlined below).

The post-holder will support the development and practical delivery of a comprehensive, world leading coaching strategy. This will include the team tactical and individual technical components to create an inspirational learning experience for players, along with a competitive advantage to England players and teams.


  • Track, support and develop players with the England Development pathway
  • Working within the England DNA+
  • Ensure outstanding recorded preparation delivery and review of all work undertaken
  • Work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team to support the creation of a consistent outstanding learning, and development environment for all players on and off the grass
  • As part of own Coach Development Plan, track, record and feedback key learnings and findings at the end of the placement to FA Staff
  • In collaboration with other national head coaches, continue to develop and deliver the principles of How We Play to the individual, unit and team
  • In collaboration with other national head coaches, assist in the development and delivery of world leading attacking set-piece / defence to attack strategies and tactics
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities


The FA would welcome applications from applicants from Black, Asian, Mixed or other ethnic backgrounds who are:

  • Aged 18 years or older; and
  • Hold a minimum of The FA Level 4 (UEFA A) in Coaching Football qualification or higher

It is also desirable for applicants to have the following:

  • Member of the Licensed Coaches Club
  • Experience in coaching and development of elite players and working in and across multidisciplinary staff teams in an Academy or International football environment
  • Proven ability to systematically analyse and communicate technical and tactical coaching information
  • Demonstrates an inspirational coaching manner with the ability to utilise a variety of styles
  • Successful track record in player development
  • Knowledge of technical and tactical components of successful football strategies, tactics and techniques appropriate to the team and player's stage of development
  • Understanding the England DNA+
  • Understanding of EPPP
  • Ability to demonstrate an inspirational on and off field delivery using a variety of methods and approaches in clubs, internal meetings and coach education environments
  • Professional &/or International experience as a player or coach

Please be aware that an enhanced CRC Check is required, in addition to a full clean driving license.

NB. Should you be successful following shortlisting, interviews will be held at St. George's Park on Tuesday 5th July.


If you believe you have what it takes to make a difference to England Team success, please apply via the link above.

Expenses will be covered (travel and subsistence) as well as negotiated costs for clubs where and if appropriate.

If you have any particular requirements or require reasonable adjustments in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application


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