DCFA Coach Development Finalist


Durham County FA has been successfully shortlisted for the Coach Development category award.

Durham County FA has been successfully shortlisted for the Coach Development category award at the 2022 County FA Recognition Awards for its Coach Development work. 

The Awards, which will be announced at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Thursday 15 September 2022, to recognise and endorse the best projects, products and services delivered by County FAs over the past two seasons while sharing best practice and learnings from around the country.

A record breaking 235 submissions have been entered from the 50 County FAs operating across England, highlighting continuous improvements and showcasing how they are innovating to improve grassroots football and increase participation across all levels of the game.

The eleven categories which will be recognised at the awards were:

  • Brand Engagement
  • Coach Development
  • Digital Engagement
  • Employee Engagement
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Football Development
  • Insight & Data
  • Partnership
  • Special recognition
  • Women & Girls
  • Youth Engagement

Durham County FA have made the Football Association awards shortlist for our Coach Development Programme that has been developed with the main focus on making it easier to access for our Clubs and Coaches to attend.

Richard Shuffleton leads on the programme and he has created a menu list full of variety which will help develop Coaches understanding and improve their application while continuing to educate and inspire.

Our workshops will be delivered by our team of in-house, Durham County FA Coach Developers, all of whom have a UEFA ‘A’ License and have a wealth of experience in supporting Coaches through the delivery of both Coach Development and Coach Education .

CEO John Topping stated “The shortlisting is testament to all the good work carried out by the Durham County FA regarding Coach Development and we are delighted to reach the final stage. Staff have worked extremely hard on our development programs which have been well received by our members.”

The FA’s Head of Operations for Grassroots Football, Tim Foster added:

“I’d like to congratulate Durham County FA in making the final shortlist for the Coach Development award and all of the other County FAs for their excellent submissions which are testament to their dedication and achievements over the past two seasons.

“The long-standing partnership between the FA and County FAs is a crucial part of our long-term strategy for grassroots football. The partnership is committed to serving those that participate and are involved in the game, and providing the leadership needed to ensure future generations continue to enjoy and benefit from our national game.

“We look forward to recognising and rewarding our County FAs at Wembley Stadium in September and thanking each and every one of them for the vital work they deliver across their local communities.”

For more information on the work of County FAs, visit: https://www.englandfootball.com/explore/county-football-associations