Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has completed his FA UEFA Pro Licence over the summer. The 37 year old is one of 25 coaches that have spent the last 18 months working towards the highest attainable football management qualification that is available to management within the game. Those candidates were presented with their graduation certificates at St George's Park this week.
The UEFA Pro Licence is mandatory for all coaches and managers working in top flight football, but is a qualification that many Football League managers are now aiming to complete. The FA's Jamie Robinson, who is the Pro Licence course director has explained the background:
"Each year on the Pro Licence we welcome the very best candidates from across the game – including managers, first-team coaches, technical directors and outstanding individuals from youth development. Both the variety of experience and common leadership challenges that the candidates can share from their day-to-day lives at different football clubs is something that we build the course around. The Pro Licence course includes a number of learning modules based at St.George's Park covering leadership, management, communication and dealing with the media as well as a study visit to an international tournament. We have developed the group through a number of intense modules to enhance their technical and tactical aspects of the world game. The course is wrapped around the context of the individuals; the way they need to make sense of their challenges and how they make effective decisions in the highly pressurised world of professional football."
The list of managers and coaches that have graduated from this year's course are as follows: Craig Short, Darren Way, Steve Spooner, Benjamin Futcher, Gareth Jennings, Michael Cook, Michael Gilkes, Garry Haylock, Kieran McKenna, Robbie Fowler, Scott Marshall, Stephen Gallen, Ashley Westwood, Kevin Nancekivell, Marcus Stewart, Nicholas Haycock, Gary Bowyer, Marc Canham, Michael Emenalo, Neil Harris, David Livermore, Gary Rowett, Joe Edwards, Marieanne Spacey, Steve Eyre.
Darren Way (front centre) with other FA Pro Licence graduates
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