23rd May 2016

With the football season over many fans will be thinking that the manager of their clubs will be relaxing on a beach somewhere exotic.

Despite the season ending over two weeks ago, Town’s manager Darren Way is not on his holiday’s just yet.

Way has spent the last week in taking in the Toulon Tournament as part of his FA UEFA Pro Licence. International teams from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, France, Guinea, Japan, Mali, Mexico, Paraguay, Portugal are taking part in the annual tournament, which traditionally features invited national teams composed of under-20 players.

The FA UEFA Pro Licence is the mandatory qualification for all first team managers who have the desire to work in the Premier League.

The course is designed to prepare managers and coaches to work at the elite level of the game in a managerial capacity. (International, Premier League, Football League and the FA Women’s Super League).

The course has been designed using a competency based approach and will be delivered in a number of modules over an 18-month period, combining distance learning and club visits to support and enhance the learning.

The content will be a mixture of theory and practical based delivery using the latest technology and facilities at St. George’s Park.

Applicants for the elite course must already hold a current UEFA ‘A’ Licence and all applicant must have experience in the professional game at a senior level as either a player, player coach, coach, assistant manager or manager.

Applications are considered by the UEFA Pro-Licence Admissions Committee, which is made up of a representative from The FA, the League Managers’ Association, Professional Footballers’ Association, Premier League and Football League.