Sir Trevor Brooking is to retire from his role as the FA’s Director of Football Development following the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
A highly respected figure in the game as a player with West Ham United and England, BBC broadcaster, Chairman of Sport England and for more than a decade in his role at The FA, Sir Trevor will leave the organisation on 31 August.
Throughout his time with the FA, Sir Trevor, 65, has been responsible for restructuring the Football Development Division including the recent appointments of Dan Ashworth, Gareth Southgate and Mark Sampson.
He was a significant supporter of the building of England’s National Football Centre, and is a member of the St. George’s Park Board.
His commitment to the development of improved coaching standards both at grassroots level with children through the FA’s Skills programme, and through the promotion of coaching qualifications across the professional game has been considerable.
Through the Skills programme, nearly five million places have gone to children since its inception both out of school and in schools where FA Skills Coaches deliver an accredited football-based physical education programme up and down the country.
Sir Trevor, who is in Brazil with the England World Cup squad, has been a member of the Club England Board since its creation in 2010 and was part of the group who appointed Roy Hodgson as England’s senior team manager.
“I believe now is the right time to step away from my full-time role at the FA and I feel extremely positive about the future of Football Development moving forward,” he said.
“Under the leadership and guidance of Dan Ashworth and Gareth Southgate, we have now put in place a strong, credible, elite structure to support the professional game. They also appreciate how crucial it is to work in tandem with our grassroots infrastructure who’ve always been a consistent supporter of our work programmes across coaching and player development.
“I’d also like to convey massive thanks for the tremendous efforts of all FA staff, who often don’t get the public recognition they deserve, and good luck to everyone in the future.”
Greg Dyke, FA Chairman said: “I watched Sir Trevor as a player, and admired greatly his talent and commitment to his only club, West Ham United. We’ve been lucky to have benefited from his vast experience and The FA has undoubtedly gained from this.
“His great legacy will be the development of the Skills programme, which now has over 160 full-time coaches working to teach children the benefits of playing football for fun, whilst being taught skills that will keep them enjoying the game for many years to come. We wish him well in his retirement.”
England manager Roy Hodgson said: “Trevor is a football man and has been a great friend to me both before and during my time as England manager. He was a fine footballer, one that any England team would be grateful of, and he has proven to be equally adept in his role at The FA.
“I hope he has a happy and healthy retirement and I know that is a sentiment echoed by the entire England staff and squad.”