Jimmy set for FA conference

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at this year’s FA national coaching conference, which takes place at St. George’s Park on 5-7 December.

The Burton Albion boss, one of English football’s most exciting up and coming managers, will close the three-day event with a Q&A session focused on his coaching and playing journey as well as his formative experiences in football management and of developing players within a set culture.

Afterwards, he will join a panel including Tony Pulis, Sean Dyche and Alan Irvine for a special BBC Radio 5Live Question Time programme dedicated to coaching in football.

Speaking about the news, Matt Crocker, FA head of development teams, expressed his delight that the former Chelsea and Holland star has joined the list of expert speakers and presenters set to feature at the national football centre.

He said: “We are really pleased to be able to confirm Jimmy as a guest speaker at this year’s conference.

“It’ll be fascinating to hear more about his early coaching experiences, how he works with his players and how he has gone about bringing success to Burton Albion in such a short amount of time. 

“I am sure all of our attendees will enjoy listening to him speak and will leave inspired by his story.”

Hasselbaink joins a programme dedicated to the theme of ‘England DNA: Connecting the Game‘, which has been designed to focus on how a vision and framework for coaching and player development at international level can be used to bring together the game at all levels. 

The event will explore how the basic England DNA five-hexagon model – who we are, how we play, the future England player, how we coach and how we support – which is a model encouraged at all levels of the game, can help make a connection between grassroots and the England teams. 

Among the guest presenters will be a team of FA coaches and coach educators, all of whom will take to either the stage or the field to provide further insight into the work going on within The FA to embed these principles into its youth development programmes.