Dozen graduate from FA Level 5 Technical Directors course
Written by Training Ground Guru — October 8, 2021
A DOZEN current and prospective Technical Directors have graduated from the Football Association’s 2019-2021 Level 5 course.
The FA course is open to existing Technical Directors and those in the game who have been identified with the potential for the role. The programme “explores the strategy and leadership required to fulfil the position, areas of personal development and how the role is central to instilling a high-performance culture within elite sport.”
The taught element is 25 days in total, with workshops delivered at St George’s Park, and the course concludes with two days of assessment and profiling. In total there are eight two-day modules, three days of study visits and a minimum of five in-person executive coaching sessions and one-to-one tutor visits.
There are also visits to high-performing organisations, with clubs hosting hub visits and a chance for participants to attend a three-day study visit at a world-leading organisation in Europe.
The graduates attended a dinner and certificate presentation at Hoar Cross Hall in Burton-on-Trent to mark the conclusion of the programme. It was hosted by Phil Church, England Football Learning’s Senior Professional Game Coach Development Lead, and certificate presentations were made by FA Technical Director John McDermott.
"I would like to congratulate everyone who has completed the course, and thank my England Football Learning colleagues at St George's Park who worked so hard to ensure a very rewarding learning environment despite the challenges we have all faced over the past year and a half,” McDermott said.
“The more we can run courses like this, the more we will play a part in continuing to move English football forward.”
Gregg Broughton, Academy Director for FK Bodø Glimt, added: “The Level 5 qualification is the pinnacle of learning for those working in Talent ID. This was reflected with both the quality of the experts delivering the programme, and the opportunities to learn from such a high calibre of peers in this small cohort of candidates.
“Personally, I took most from the modules on leading myself and others. There were clear tangible benefits from this for me in my work environment, especially during the challenges of the last 18 months.”
- Leon Hunter (Sporting Director - Stevenage Borough
- Marc Canham (Director of Coaching, Premier League)
- Andy Scoulding (Head of Scouting, Rangers)
- Steven Haslam (Academy Manager, Sheffield Wednesday)
- Gregg Broughton (Academy Director, Bodo Glimpt)
- Mike Cave (Academy Director, Fulham FC)
- Kristjaan Speakman (Sporting Director, Sunderland)
- Richard Hughes (Sporting Director, Forest Green Rovers)
- Jamie Fullarton (Technical Director, Wallsall)
- Andy Scott (Head of Recruitment, Swansea City)
- Scott McLachlan (Head of International Scouting, Chelsea)
- Neil Saunders (Director of Football, Premier League)
- Andy Burton (Head Of Football, Gen-Z Sports & Media Group) *
- Joe Savage (Sporting Director, Heart of Midlothian) *