Bedfordshire FA and the University of Bedfordshire are working in partnership to proudly present the first Coaches Conference in Bedfordshire.
Bedfordshire FA’s Coaches Conference 2023 will be a unique event designed to support, develop, inspire and challenge football coaches on different stages of their journey. The day will provide the opportunity for coaches to question, share knowledge and learn from a range of workshops delivered by our guest speakers.
Our guests are specialists in a variety of areas within the game, however, they will focus on the development of our coaches with the aim of providing young players with the best possible learning environment by creating an experience that is inclusive and enjoyable.
VENUE: University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford, MK41 9EA.
DATE: Saturday 1st July 2023.
TIME: Registration starts at 9:00 am and the Q&A session will end at 4:00 pm.
PACKAGE: Refreshments, lunch and resource packs are included in the cost of the conference.
CPD HOURS: Coaches who attend the full conference will be accredited with 4 hours of CPD.
PRICE: Bedfordshire Residents £25, Non- Bedfordshire Residents £30.
Mike Phelan – Mike Phelan is a former Manchester United player, coach and twice assistant manager with multiple FA Premier League titles, FA Cups, Football League Cups, a European Cup Winners Cup, a UEFA Champions League and World Club Champions titles to his name. A business owner and Chairman, occasional TV pundit and professional opinion media contributor, Mike will not disappoint, he is a vastly experienced and truly elite operator providing a wealth of experience.
Phelan has spent time throughout his career lecturing in higher education establishments, headlining conferences, consulting, and providing intel for blue chip and major corporate business and immersing himself throughout his career at institutions far beyond Manchester United.
His insatiable curiosity and growth mindset attitude has taken him to places such as Nike, Westpoint Military Academy, Gulf Oil, Tag Heuer, Educity Iskandar and The League Managers Association to name but a few. Mike has met Nelson Mandela twice and visited The Whitehouse. All part of a day’s work in a colourful and extensive career at the top of his profession amongst some of the world’s sharpest minds and premier leaders.
David Horrocks - David Horrocks is an academic with a particular interest in elite performance, serial winning and the developmental pathway.
David has also worked for Manchester United as Head of Research and Development. This role harboured the responsibility for the future of sport and in particular the multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) in technology, science, analytics, psychology and coaching.
David has travelled the globe in search of excellence within both the MDT and elite business operations, practices and culture. He is also a published peer reviewed scientist in the fields of talent development, elite performance and serial winning with these academic works being specific to Manchester United Football Clubs’ most successful period of Premier League dominance and European success.
Recent engagement involves collaboration and knowledge transfer with the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, The FA, The FA Premier League, Mercedes AMG Petronas, British Cycling, Red Bull, The London School of Contemporary Dance, The Professional Golfers Association, Ineos, Milwaukee Bucks and leading military and government personnel.
David has also spent time in the college and higher education systems as a lecturer and spent the early part of his career in the technology industry working with the likes of Cisco, Canon and Avaya on behalf of clients in the NHS, Banking and corporate sectors. An engaging speaker and consultant with a wide array of experience at the highest levels in both business and sport.