Club Placement Programme - fantastic coaching opportunities right here

7 October 2020

Club Placement Programme - fantastic coaching opportunities right here

At the top levels of both the men's and women's game, female and BAME* coaches continue to be significantly under-represented within key positions.

The FA is committed to changing that. They are committed to developing more opportunities for BAME and female coaches to get essential experience to challenge for coaching and technical roles in football.

As part of its Coach Inclusion and Diversity Plan, the FA has partnered with 12 professional clubs in their Club Placement Programme for the new season. This initiative offers 12 exciting academy placement opportunities for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic* and female coaches.

Reporting to the club's head of coaching, successful candidates will take on a part-time volunteer role within a club’s category 1, 2 or 3 academy. And through a carefully structured programme of learning and development opportunities they will gain invaluable experience and exposure within a professional environment.

Applications close at 17:00 (local UK time) on Wednesday 14 October.


Reporting to the head of coaching, successful applicants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the coaching programme for a across all the age groups of players and deliver related practices associated with excellence in football
  • Have the opportunity to support the development of academy players
  • Gain an understanding of planning, delivery and evaluation of coaching sessions on P.M.A.
  • Have the opportunity to record and evaluate player’s performance within sessions & games
  • Have the opportunity to monitor players and report their progress on a regular basis, completing the relevant reports
  • Commit to a training and games programme as required
  • Have the opportunity to get across and attend internal meetings and CPD events provided by the club
  • Be required to work evenings and weekends
  • Gain an understanding and knowledge of Football League rules and the company policies and procedures relating to the role
  • Gain invaluable experience of recruitment within the age phases

The Club Placement Programme is a major commitment from The FA and these clubs to creating a better reflection of ethnicity and gender in key positions at this level. These placements will provide a unique experience for twelve aspiring coaches from under-represented communities. Butch Fazal, Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager


If you’d like to be considered for one of the placements, here are the criteria you’ll need to match as part of your application:

Personal Specification

  • FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football
  • FA Youth Modules 1-2-3 or equivalent Block 1 and 2 of the new Level 2
  • Current DBS clearance
  • FA Safeguarding and Emergency Aid/ BFAS Qualifications
  • Computer literate
  • FA licensed coach

Essential Requirements

A desire to pursue a career in the football industry and be committed, enthusiastic and highly motivated, showing a passion for developing players
Ability to work as part of a team and buy-in to the academy philosophy
A positive and professional attitude and the ability to work with a range of individuals
Enhanced DBS clearance prior to taking the job role
Have a flexible attitude to work and be able to work independently and proactively

Clubs would welcome applications from: 

Female applicants (of any ethnic origin) who are:

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Hold the FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football qualification

Male applicants of BAME origin who:

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Hold the FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football qualification 


Applications are now open for the 2020/21 season!

You can see all the different clubs that are taking part below. Please complete your application form and return this to the contact listed at the club you wish to join.

The Football Association Group promotes equal opportunities in employment, and welcomes applications from all parts of the community. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter. 

The placements are allocated to one per club at the following:

  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Aston Villa
  • Birmingham City
  • Bradford City
  • Fulham
  • Leeds United
  • Leicester City
  • Luton Town
  • Port Vale
  • Queens Park Rangers
  • Southampton
  • West Ham United

Click on the link here to find out full detailsand remember applications close at 17:00 (local UK time) on Wednesday 14 October. 

* The FA adopts the BAME classification to refer to members of communities within the UK who identify as ‘other than white’. This is consistent with the Oxford English dictionary definition of BAME and the ONS definition of “Ethnic Minority (UK). 

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