RANGERS manager Steven Gerrard is one of 27 coaches celebrating at St. George’s Park today following his graduation from The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football qualification, after 18-months of hard work.

The graduates are also made up of coaching staff from Chelsea, Leicester, Everton, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County.

The new English-qualified coaches join an exclusive club of under 400 FA Level 5 alumni including the likes of Graham Potter, Sean Dyche, Emma Hayes, Scott Parker and Gareth Southgate.

The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football course is The FA’s highest football coaching qualification and prepares coaches for the pressure and challenges of modern football management. Everyone on the course is trained to manage media relations, introduced to working with Technical Directors and guided on how to create high-performance club cultures and environments.

This preparation for life in management gives every graduate the on and off-the-pitch skills necessary to succeed and adapt to life at the very top of the professional game.

Everyone at Rangers would like to extend our congratulations to Steven on his achievement.

Les Reed, The FA Technical Director, said: “A huge congratulations to each and every one of our graduates. This is just the beginning for this group. There will always be more to learn, different goals to reach and new things to discover – and The FA will always be here to help guide these coaches through football’s ever changing landscape.

Lucy Pearson, Head of FA Education, said: “The FA Level 5 (UEFA Pro) in Coaching Football course is the highest qualification that The FA provides. The success of our graduates in this course is a testament to who they are as coaches, and people.

“During this course, we’ve focused on the challenges in modern football coaching and management – whether that’s dealing with the media, working with the board or managing the day-to-day pressure that surrounds working in football. Now it’s time for these graduates to put that learning into practice and make their mark on the game.”

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