Coach development is key – Hodgson

The development of coaches holds the key to England’s football future, according to England manager Roy Hodgson.

Addressing the FA council yesterday, Hodgson said that the Football Association takes player and coach development “very seriously” and can be “very proud” of St George’s Park, the FA’s new £100m national football centre.

The 65-year-old praised the new home for his England team, where they will train ahead of their fixture with Brazil next month alongside the England Under-21 and Under-19 squads.

But he believes the real significance of St George’s Park will be felt at the other end of the football spectrum, with an improvement in coach and player development.

“There is a belief that you don’t get taught or coached how to play football, you can either do it or you can’t and that players are born, not made and coaching certificates are a waste of time,” said Hodgson.

“I’ve always railed against that argument and railed against any cuts to coach education programmes, so I’ve been disappointed that we haven’t had the same kind of facilities as the French have and the Spanish have.

“Now, I think we have got arguably the best in the world and we can be very proud of St. George’s Park.

“People will be very happy to go there and that will help us to develop players and coaches and, perhaps even more important than that, it says to everybody that the English Football Association take the development of players and coaches very seriously.”

It was the first time that Hodgson has been invited to speak before the FA Council, made up of representatives from across the professional and grassroots game.

Speaking at the first FA Council meeting of the FA’s 150th anniversary year, the man hoping to take the Three Lions to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil spoke of his pride at leading the national football team.

“This is a job that I have always wanted to do, so it was very nice when the Chairman and his selection committee decided I was to be the man,” he said.

“That was a tremendous, proud moment for me at the end of a very long career.”

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  1. Ray on January 26, 2013 at 12:32 am

    I have seen many players over the years, the best ones I thought never made it at all.

    Watching these play was somewhat of an amazing experience.

    Many others would agree with me that they have seen this too “right”?

    Well lets delve into this a bit further.You see these players who do not get picked, and then dumped from their appropriate teams, academies and so on.

    So what is left, amazed you see the poor players get through on some kind of merit that you and others cannot fathom at all.

    What has gone here? My reasoning is that a coach has nothing much to teach if the player is good, but the opposite is in effect if the player is poor.

    This being said, and I hope some of you agree with me.

    Coaches need to step up here and admit what they are doing is wrong.

    I have seen it over and over for many years now.

    St. George’s Park is out of the question for the likes of young players, especially those who play in Saturday Sunday leagues.

    More opportunity should be given to schools with talented players, be it football or any other sports.

    Teachers in my local school know nothing about St. George’s Park and if a pupil can go there for coaching on a higher level.

    It is expensive have you seen the costing?

    More needs to be done at the grassroots level.

  2. Jason Green on January 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    More proof that the FA is only interested in the elite! I hope the millionaire players & coaches are enjoying St. Georges Park whilst grassroot clubs & volunteers that give future players their enthusiasm for the game struggle. Here’s an idea for the FA’s anniversary – provide free FA coaching courses to all volunteer coaches. At the moment FA is an abbreviation for something other than Football Association, I’ll let you work that one out for yourselves!

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