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The FA

The FA

Coach Development Officer, East Region


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Mar 11, 2024


We are excited to be searching for a Regional Coach Development Officer (East England region) to work with key stakeholders to identify, recruit, develop and support the deployment of female coaches across the region.

Working closely with County Football Associations (CFAs), the Women's High-Performance Football Centre (WHPFC) Coach Development Officers (CDOs) and other key stakeholders to increase the number and quality of female coaches across the Grassroots game.

What will you be doing?

Support the delivery of ‘equal opportunities for every girl to play in their school and club' and ‘use our influence to deliver a game free from discrimination' game changer objectives by:

Providing coach development to female coaches across the Grassroots game:

Support County Football Associations (CFAs) with the delivery of their ongoing and wider coach development offer.
Work closely with CFAs to target where the priority areas are and create a sustainable and inclusive development plan for recruiting & supporting female coaches across the grassroots game.
Work closely with Leagues, Clubs, and other providers within the CFAs to establish inclusive environments which will attract more females into coaching.
Provide support to CFA's in creating local communities of practice to support and develop female coaches.
Develop sustainable and inclusive development programmes to create personalised and connected learning experiences for female coaches.

Maximise strategic relationships with key stakeholders across the female game:

Build strong relationships with key personnel within CFAs and other key stakeholders.
Ensure connection and alignment between all programmes across the region.
Build strong relationships and work collaboratively with the Women's High-Performance Centre (WHPC) CDO in creating coach development plans for female coaches across Grassroots female football.
Work closely with the Learning and Development team and collaborate with the Women and Girls (W&G) team to develop relevant content and resources, providing technical input specifically for the female game and for female coaches.
Work with the Learning and Development team to ensure high quality and consistent delivery of coach education and development

Additional responsibilities:

Identify, support and sign-post future coach developers.
Identify, recruit, support the casual coach development workforce and future workforce aligned to the central strategy for the Grassroots game.
Manage and continually review the strategic deployment of FA Coach Mentors & Community Champions within the region to best support the development of female coaches to ensure females have a prominent and sustainable impact on the future development of the Grassroots game.
Support the delivery of FA Education's International delivery programme.
Provide regular updates and attend meetings to engage, influence and inform key stakeholders within and beyond the Football Association.
Support the development of Coaches in Disability football within the region in Disability specific, Pan Disability and Mainstream settings.
Provide an advocacy role within CFA's, leagues, and clubs to promote participation of coaches and players with disability and to develop best practices and procedures to maximise inclusion.
Data collection of a sensitive nature (to inform future practice).
Looking at non-traditional partnerships and developing delivery practises with a change in culture for Diversity and Inclusion.
Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and well-beingthe  can be maintained.
As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:


UEFA B Football Coaching Award.
Understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by female coaches.
Understanding of the FA 4 corner model and/or the 6 capabilities.
Understanding of the FA Women's Football Strategy & National Game Strategy.
Knowledge and understanding of football development.


Experience with grassroots football and specifically the female game.
Experience in developing coaches, in particular, female coaches and have an understanding of their specific needs.
Experience of coach education, coach development and mentoring.
Experience of undertaking professional learning for adult learners.
Experience of responding to the development needs of individual coaches.

Technical Skills:

Ability to demonstrate a modern, progressive approach to coaching and learning.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to develop, prioritise, and evaluate work programmes to best meet the FA Education objectives.

Beneficial to have:


Degree level or equivalent calibre desirable.
FA Licensed Coach Developer.
FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Course.
Awareness of difficulties facing people with disability/difficulty for inclusion in the mainstream game.
Knowledge of local communities within the region.


Experience working with County FAs, leagues and clubs.
Experience in building and maintaining stakeholder relationships.
Experience in the design/implementation and evaluation of development programmes.
Experience working with community groups and volunteers

Please note, that the interview day will be Monday 22nd April in the East region of England.

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
Free private medical cover.
A contributory pension scheme.
An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

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