Top FA role for Carlton Colville coach

PUBLISHED: 07:27 25 May 2012

Jamie Houchen.

Jamie Houchen.

A CARLTON Colville man has landed one of the most prestigious roles within the Football Association, The Journal can today reveal.

Jamie Houchen, a former Yarmouth Town footballer and Norwich City’s Football in the Community officer, has been named as the new Head of FA Learning.

His appointment comes at an exciting time – with the imminent opening of St George’s Park, the new training home and coach education centre, in the summer.

Having worked for the FA for the past 11 years in London, Houchen will soon be based at St George’s Park.

“Obviously when I joined the FA 11 years ago this was a dream job – the ultimate,” he said.

“My career transition has gone from Norwich to The FA, and now the top job at FA Learning and at such an exciting time.”

As national training tutor for the past five years, Houchen is now looking forward to a bright “new era”, with England’s “inspirational new home” at the national football centre.

St George’s Park will be the national home for coach education, in time producing better players; and will also be a training home for the 24 England teams.

Mr Houchen, 42, who is a director of Raw Soccer on the south Lowestoft industrial estate, added: “I think local football has definitely benefited from Player Development Centres and community programmes over the last 15 years and the challenge now is to take that to the next level.”

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA Director of Football Development, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Jamie has been appointed Head of FA Learning, he has been with The FA for 11 years and has a huge knowledge of the department and the coaching workforce.

“The development and support of coaches is one of our main business objectives and through FA Learning Jamie will provide a key role in ensuring that this goes from strength to strength.”

Houchen added: “Hopefully my progression can inspire more coaches and football volunteers to seek a career in football coaching and development.”

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