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Coaches on the Club Placement Programme
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Club Placement Programme

Academy placement opportunities at professional clubs for coaches from underrepresented backgrounds.

course overview

Introduction to Coaching Football

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About the programme

At the top levels of both the men's and women's game, coaches from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and female backgrounds continue to be significantly underrepresented within key positions.

The FA is committed to changing that. We're committed to developing more opportunities for coaches from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and female backgrounds to get essential experience to challenge for coaching and technical roles in football. This season we’re aiming to double the amount of placements in our Coach Placement Programme as we continue our investment in this critical area.

As part of our Coach Inclusion and Diversity Plan, we've currently partnered with a substantial number of professional clubs in our Club Placement Programme, with more to follow before the start of the season. This initiative offers exciting academy placement opportunities for coaches from historically underrepresented backgrounds.

Reporting to the club's head of coaching, successful candidates will take on a part-time volunteer role within a club’s category 1, 2 or 3 academy. And through a carefully structured programme of learning and development opportunities they will gain invaluable experience and exposure within a professional environment.


Applications are now open.

Application criteria

Personal specification
  • UEFA B Licence

  • FA Youth Modules 1-2-3 or equivalent Block 1 and 2 of the Level 2

  • Current DBS clearance

  • Safeguarding and First Aid Qualifications

  • Computer literate

  • FA licensed coach

Clubs would welcome applications from:

Male applicants of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic origin who:

  • Are aged 18 years or older
  • Hold the FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football qualification 

Female applicants (of any ethnic origin) who are:

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Hold the UEFA B Licence qualification


The role

Reporting to the head of coaching, successful applicants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the coaching programme across all age groups of players and deliver related practices associated with excellence in football

  • Have the opportunity to support the development of academy players

  • Gain an understanding of planning, delivery and evaluation of coaching sessions on P.M.A.

  • Have the opportunity to record and evaluate player’s performance within sessions & games

  • Have the opportunity to monitor players and report their progress on a regular basis, completing the relevant reports

  • Commit to a training and games programme as required

  • Have the opportunity to get across and attend internal meetings and CPD events provided by the club

  • Be required to work evenings and weekends

  • Gain an understanding and knowledge of Football League rules and the company policies and procedures relating to the role

  • Gain invaluable experience of recruitment within the age phases

  • Attendance of a season-long webinar series focused on developing skilful players

Essential requirements

  • A desire to pursue a career in the football industry and be committed, enthusiastic and highly motivated, showing a passion for developing players

  • Ability to work as part of a team and buy-in to the academy philosophy

  • A positive and professional attitude and the ability to work with a range of individuals

  • Enhanced DBS clearance prior to taking the job role

  • Have a flexible attitude to work and be able to work independently and proactively
The Club Placement Programme is a major commitment from The FA and these clubs to creating a better reflection of ethnicity and gender in key positions at this level. These placements will provide a unique experience for aspiring coaches from underrepresented communities.

Butch Fazal, Coach Inclusion & Diversity Lead