Chris Freestone

National Coach Devlopment Manager

  • Date Joined: 30th August 2016
Self-motivated and passionate UEFA A Licenced Coach with a Masters Degree in Advance Performance Coaching, whose career within the football industry spans over 30 years playing, coaching and educating at a grassroots and senior professional level, working with organisations such as The English Football League Trust and The FA to deliver high quality, innovative and age-appropriate training and professional support

A forward-thinking and performance-driven professional who utilises lessons learned from former players, managers and coaches in top-flight English football to identify and develop the talent and potential within both players and coaches in the current game, establishing an open and supportive environment from which individuals can compete at their optimal level
Chris Freestone


  • : MSc Advanced Performance Coaching

    MSc Advanced Performance Coaching

  • The Football Association: Youth Award

    The Football Association
    Youth Award

  • The Football Association: Coach Education Certificate

    The Football Association
    Coach Education Certificate

  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

Career History

  • English Football League

    English Football League
    Coach developer
    2015 – Present

  • England

    Head coach
    2011 – 2015

  • The FA

    The FA
    Coach/team leader
    2007 – 2015

  • Nottingham Forest FC

    Nottingham Forest FC
    2005 – 2007

  • Notts County FC

    Notts County FC
    2003 – 2005

  • Shrewsbury Town FC

    Shrewsbury Town FC
    2001 – 2003

  • Hartlepool United FC

    Hartlepool United FC
    1999 – 2001

  • Northampton Town FC

    Northampton Town FC
    1997 – 1999

  • Middlesbrough FC

    Middlesbrough FC
    1994 – 1997

Key Achievements

  • European cup 3rd place playoff winner
  • Full Academy season undefeated
  • Tri-nations cup winner
  • League and cup double winner - step 4

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