LMA report supports the development of the National Football Centre


The League Managers Association (LMA) has produced a Technical Report (see attached) to demonstrate its full support for the completion of the National Football Centre (NFC). Collectively, it provides managers with the opportunity to have a significant influence on the future of the game in England to benefit the current and future generation of domestic coaches and players.

The LMA is supportive of the strategic document, “The FA’s Vision” published in 2008 in which The FA identified the following objectives for the period 2008-12:

• ‘To develop World Class Players and Coaches.’

• ‘To develop a World Class Coaching System.’

• ‘To grow and improve the National Game.’

• ‘To support and develop our great assets.’

The LMA believes the NFC is an essential education centre for the football industry and a place where the LMA and its satellite organisations – the PFCA (Professional Football Coaches Association) and PFAA (Professional Football Administrators Association) can make a significant contribution and fully utilise the centre.

It is now time to join the leading countries in Europe and have a National Centre for education to oversee the development of managers, coaches, players and national teams. The National Football Centre will be a catalyst for England leading the world of football in all aspects.

LMA Chairman Howard Wilkinson: “The Board of The FA unanimously approved the NFC as far back as 2001. At that time it was seen as the cornerstone of the Charter for Quality and The FA’s strategic plan to achieve world class thinking and performance at all levels of our game. I’m delighted that there is now the firm commitment in place to complete the project, which is vital to the successful development of domestic coaches and players.”

LMA Chief Executive Richard Bevan believes that the current economic climate makes the completion of the NFC even more vital: “Now, more than ever, we need a centralised base for football that will act as the focal point for the future development of the sport.”

Further information about the work of the LMA can be found at www.leaguemanagers.com

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