The FA

The FA

Women's National Coach Developer (6-Month FTC to Start in February 2023)


Role Type



Posting Date

Nov 24, 2022

Role description

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

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The Role

The role is to be part of a dedicated team who will drive and support Coach Development in the Women's professional game, semi-professional game and the talent pathway. Typically supporting coaches through FA and UEFA qualifications as well as the vital support required outside and between the qualifications, whether that is one on one mentoring or providing enhanced and bespoke CPD which supports a coach be the best they can be in the women's game. Support the development of UEFA B Level 3 and UEFA A Level 4 Qualifications, through more personalised, contextualised, regional and national delivery, support and assessment provision helping us develop the world's best sporting education system and ultimately contribute to a winning World Cup.

Due to the requirements of the role, ideally, you will need to be based in either the Midlands or the North-West of England and able to travel to both locations regularly.

The start date for the role will be in February 2023.

Key Accountabilities
To drive coach development at Levels 3, 4 and 5 working within Tier 1-3 of the Senior women's game and the top of the talent pathway RTC network.
To support the delivery of UEFA B and UEFA A courses.
To provide regional, onsite support and training (awards, bespoke CPD, mentoring) to women's club coaches within designated club cluster/region as part of a team of 4 Women's Coach Developers – this may vary from region to region, club to club.
To promote coaching effectiveness within Tier 1-3 women's clubs and the talent pathway.
To develop and deliver a forward thinking, contextualised and personalised CPD provision for the women's game.
Develop collaborative links in and outside football to ensure content remains contemporary and relevant to the demands and the future of the women's game.
To promote, evolve and contextualise the England DNA coaching & playing philosophy for player and coach development in the women's game.
To contribute to the strategic direction of the FA Technical Directorate, supporting the delivery of the strategic interventions, milestones and goals outlined in the Women's Head of Coach Development strategic plan.
To actively provide opportunities to enhance the diversity targets at UEFA B, UEFA A and UEFA Pro for coaches and tutors.
Lead and/or contribute to research into targeted subject areas to help support the Women's game.
Execute 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-being can be maintained.

What we are looking for

Women's football knowledge and experience of working in the women's game.
Experience in building and maintaining strong long-lasting stakeholder relationships.
Hold UEFA A Licence and FA Youth Award Coaching Qualifications.
Experience in Coach / Female Player Development in Women's football (U9s-U23s, Talent Pathway and or Senior Football Experience of developing coaches from the Women's game).
Experience in facilitating individual, small and large group sessions effectively.
Mentoring experience and or qualifications.
Excellent theoretical and practical understanding of communication and presenting skills.
Excellent understanding of teaching and learning, adopts a variety of approaches.
A modern, progressive approach to coaching and learning.
Ability to influence and persuade individuals and groups internally and externally with clear, well researched views consistent with FA strategy on player and coach development.
Ability to engage and motivate both adult coaches and young players (female and male) during practical demonstrations.
Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team and to build effective/collaborative internal relationships.
Demonstrates an understanding of reflective learning (Plan-Do-Review).
Commitment to continuous learning and development.
Flexible approach to working hours.
Proficient skills in Microsoft Office and IT.

Hold the UEFA Pro Licence and or FA Advanced Youth Award.
FA Licensed Tutor.
Knowledge of current issues that impact upon the development of our young female players (in all 4 corners).
Knowledge and understanding of the WSL, Women's Championship, Women's National Leagues and high performing multi-disciplinary environments.
Proven track record in the design/implementation and evaluation of a Female Player and Team Development programmes.
Experience of developing Coach Developers in Women's Football and/or other football contexts.
Undergraduate and/or Post Graduate degree in sports science or related area (or equivalent experience).
Experience of developing young Female Player / Coach – related programmes.
Knowledge of Coaching pathways and qualifications.
Teaching Qualification.
Experience in creating and delivering content for an online learning environment.

What we can offer you
An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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