Coaching revolution can end reliance on overseas talent in the Premier League

The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club reached the landmark figure of 30,000 members last week

While the Premier League season builds towards its most exciting finale in years, driven by a majority of foreign players, grassroots developments are pointing in a different direction that might yet lead to the meaningful growth of elite English players.

In one area at least English football leads the way. The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club reached the landmark figure of 30,000 members last week, making it the biggest football coaching membership scheme in the world.

Under the aegis of Jamie Houchen, the head of FA learning at St George’s Park, the Football Association is driving both numbers and quality with the aim of raising the status of coaching in the English game. The scheme is free to join and makes training resources available to young grassroots coaches, some of whom it is hoped will use the experience as a platform to a professional career.

“The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club is passionate and committed to developing coaching as a profession, increasing the profile and recognition for all members and supporting the whole game,” Houchen said.

“Central to the FA Licensed Coaches’ Club is the culture of continued professional development. For coaches to re-license each year they must complete a minimum amount of learning which proves they are updating their knowledge and delivering modern methods with their players.

“We want to develop a culture of lifelong learning where coaches don’t only complete their qualifications and the minimum amount of professional development, but continue to be inquisitive and find out the very best ways to work effectively with their group of players. Now we are the largest football coaches club in the world we want to ensure we can support all coaches with their continued development.”

Lisa Hollis, Licensed Coaches’ Club Manager, added that the coaches club team was relishing “the opportunity of now being able to provide the coaches with world class content and educational experiences through our varied CPD programme”.

The club scheme, introduced three years ago, is a part of the FA drive to develop a professional coaching culture to rival those in Germany, France and Spain. At the heart of the scheme is an annual, three-day coaching conference at St George’s Park, already a huge success with lectures and clinics taken by leading coaches from associations across Europe.

As well as access to a wealth of digital and print coaching materials, membership benefits include discounted entrance to regional and national coaching conferences as well as the annual gathering and exposure to coaching sessions delivered by The FA’s national coaches.

By widening inclusion via the filter of St George’s Park Houchen believes the quality of player produced will improve sufficiently to reverse the trend towards reliance on foreign players within a decade. This vision is broadly in line with that of Sir Trevor Brooking, who has targeted the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 as one England can expect to contest with conviction rather than hope.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Phillips Idowu, Stella McCartney and Jessica Ennis
fashionMcCartney to continue designing Team GB Olympics kit until 2016
Sport
Shinji Kagawa and Reece James celebrate after the latter scores in Manchester United's 7-0 victory over LA Galaxy
football
Voices
voicesGood for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, writes Grace Dent
Sport
Farah returns to the track with something to prove
Commonwealth games
Life and Style
fashion Designs are part of feminist art project by a British student
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform
Climate change threatens to make the antarctic fur seal extinct

Take a good look while you can

How climate change could wipe out this seal
Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier for the terminally ill?

Farewell, my lovely

Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?
Man Booker Prize 2014 longlist: Crowdfunded novel nominated for first time

Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

Paul Kingsnorth's 'The Wake' is in contention for the prestigious award
Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster to ensure his meals aren't poisoned

Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

John Walsh salutes those brave souls who have, throughout history, put their knives on the line
Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

A $25m thriller starring Sam Worthington to be made in God's Own Country
Will The Minerva Project - the first 'elite' American university to be launched in a century - change the face of higher learning?

Will The Minerva Project change the face of higher learning?

The university has no lecture halls, no debating societies, no sports teams and no fraternities. Instead, the 33 students who have made the cut at Minerva, will travel the world and change the face of higher learning
The 10 best pedicure products

Feet treat: 10 best pedicure products

Bags packed and all prepped for holidays, but feet in a state? Get them flip-flop-ready with our pick of the items for a DIY treatment
Commonwealth Games 2014: Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games

Commonwealth Games 2014

Great Scots! Planes and pipers welcome in Glasgow's Games
Jack Pitt-Brooke: Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism

Jack Pitt-Brooke

Manchester City and Patrick Vieira make the right stand on racism