Dan Ashworth and Gareth Southgate explain the purpose of the England DNA.
This aim of the EnglandDNA.com resource is to help clubs and coaches at all levels of the game learn more about the vision for future England teams and players and the ways of working being developed to ensure consistency and connection between all our age-group teams and impairment specific development and senior squads.
The long-term aim of the England DNA is to help create winning senior teams, in the men’s and the women’s game. To help to achieve this aim, England development teams will be prepared and encouraged to win games, tournaments and competitions at every level. Winning is a crucial part of a players development journey and success at development level breeds confidence for the winning for the future.
However, winning with England’s development teams is not the ultimate aim. The individual development of a young player is always the priority meaning that decisions that aid the development of a future senior England international at the detriment of an isolated result will be taken. This long term aim also relates to the impairment specific development and senior squads.
ENGLAND DNA - EVER EVOLVING
It is important to stress that we consider the England DNA to be ever evolving. Although the core values and principles underpinning the content will not change, we are constantly striving to improve every aspect of the England experience and are dedicated to updating and improving our ideas, methods and ways of working.
Aspects of the England DNA will be continually updated and refined to reflect the changing trends in the modern game, the latest research and new ideas and inputs.
In the future, additional versions of the England DNA will be released with bespoke age appropriate content for different levels of the game. Crucially we will strive to evolve each version to meet the needs of coaches and players as the modern game changes.
This version of the England DNA is the overarching vision for our international development teams which we hope all those in English football will take pride and direction from.
At the start of this project, The FA’s group of national coaches, from both the men’s and women’s game, sat down to discuss the characteristics necessary for a young player to progress from our U15 teams into one the senior squads.
The discussion led onto detailed reflection into how we wanted England teams to play in the future and how we want to coach and support our players. It was these discussions that were the start point for the England DNA project.
A thorough, detailed and comprehensive process followed. We consulted with all the stakeholders in the English game at all levels. We have spoken to the Premier League, Football League and the professional clubs, those involved at grassroots level as well as England’s senior coaches.
The disability performance unit has mirrored the process of working with key staff and stakeholders from impairment specific senior squads and centres, looking at how the England DNA will be applied across disability football.
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