FOOTBALL: Strachan lads at St George’s Park

Rugby's Strachan Football Foundation students with Roy Hodgson
Rugby's Strachan Football Foundation students with Roy Hodgson

Top coaching sessions and chance to meet England manager

Players from Strachan Football Foundation football education programme took to the hallowed turf of St George’s Park once again this week participating in UEFA A licence course ran by FA National Staff. A licence candidates from professional clubs across the UK and abroad delivered coaching sessions to the SFF players.

Both days were held in the indoor full sized 3G facility with FA A licensed tutors delivering the course. The SFF lads took part in eight sessions on Wednesday and 12 Sessions on Thursday on a variety of coaching topics.

Coaches from La Liga and English Premier League clubs took the lads through their paces in a variety of topics from systems of play and formations to technical practice

A real treat was in store as England were training at St George’s Park following their recent game v Norway and in preparation for the Switzerland Euro qualifiers. England Manager Roy Hodgson observed the last few A licence sessions and was kind enough to speak to the lads and have a few pictures taken. SFF are booked in for two further dates in September and monthly throughout 2015.

Director Dan Elliott spoke of the experience: “To have such a good relationship with the FA which gives SFF lads the opportunity to play at the home of English football is a unique experience, having coaches of such experience delivering is not only great for the development of players within SFF but it also helps the SFF coaches to continue to develop. To meet Roy Hodgson and some of the England players finished off a very positive two days at St George’s Park.”

SFF still have a small number of places available for 16-19 year olds who are looking to be part of a football education programme of the highest quality, SFF offer Apprenticeships, BTEC Sport Level 2 and level 3 and a Level 2 sports coaching pathway.