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Bukayo Saka and Jude Bellingham during an England training session

Leadership of Talent Identification & Development in Football

Designed for leaders in the talent ID field who are active in the professional game and keen to progress.

Course Overview

Introduction to Coaching Football

Course type:




14 months



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About the course

This is a course designed for leaders in the talent identification field who are active in the professional game and keen to progress their learning.

You will develop the skills to help you respond in a variety of situations that senior scouting staff regularly face.

You will also learn effective ways to manage your scouting team capacity and discover new methods to lead an effective, high-performing talent identification department at an elite level.

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Course prerequisites

This course has been specifically designed for heads of recruitment and senior scouting professionals who are actively working in a talent identification environment within the professional game.

For this course you will need knowledge of your club’s recruitment strategy and previous experience in a scouting role to draw upon.

How is the course structured?

This is a 14-month course, delivered over eight learning blocks across the season.

Each block consists of either two or three days of focused learning where you will hear from external presenters along with FA tutors, together with classroom sessions with your peers. On completion of your modules, there will be a two-day assessment programme.

During this course there are five modules:

  • Leadership and Management within Talent ID departments
  • Negotiation skills and influencing others
  • Modern trends in Talent ID and the game
  • Structures and governance in Talent ID
  • Practical application within Talent ID

What are the learning outcomes?

After completing this course you will be able to analyse and apply the following areas:

  • Effective communication, influencing and negotiation
  • Leadership and management strategies that create a high-performing Talent ID department
  • Constant reflection and critical analysis of your Talent ID processes and practices
  • Assessment of key laws in the football industry and their impact on Talent ID operations at your club
  • Your club's ethics, values and beliefs and their effect on your club's Talent ID strategy

What you'll be able to do with this qualification

This course is a great way to further develop your leadership skills in talent identification.

After completing this course you will be much better equipped to develop and implement an effective strategy across your entire department.

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