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Mentee Development Programme

The Mentee Development Programme provides a season-long placement for coaches looking to break into the professional game.

Course Overview

About the programme

The Mentee Development Programme, in partnership with The Chelsea Foundation, provides a season-long placement for 10 aspirational, intentional coaches, aiming to accelerate their development and help them break into the professional game, with each coach receiving a bespoke and agile programme.

This initiative is aligned to our wider coach inclusion and diversity programme, which is aimed at addressing the stubborn inequalities for coaches from Black, Asian, and mixed heritage backgrounds to develop and thrive in the game.

This is an unpaid programme, however all incidental expenses will be covered over the season. Coaches will be expected to commit to approximately 20 days over the course of the programme.

In particular we welcome applications from Black, Asian and female candidates in order to help address the historically significant underrepresentation of coaches from these groups.

Find out more about the Mentee Development Programme

Application Criteria

The qualifying criteria for those wishing to apply is UEFA B Licence for male applicants, and UEFA C Licence working towards UEFA B or above for female applicants.

What is involved in the programme?

The selected mentees will receive:

  • An opportunity to observe England national team development camps

  • A bespoke individualised development action plan based around the coaches needs and wants

  • A blended learning approach with a comprehensive webinar series around player development coupled with face-to-face opportunities to observe this in action with club visits

  • Study visits to professional clubs to observe the boys and girls academies

  • Season-long 1-1 mentoring

  • Presentation and communication skills workshops developing employability skills

  • A CV skills day run by the LMA

  • Reflection skill workshops

  • Developing a series of communities of practice to share experiences and network

  • A series of tactical and analysis workshops

  • Opportunity to complete Talent ID Level 2 qualification