Update from the CEO

As the 2023/24 season kicks-off, Chris French provides an update from Coach Road.

 As we start the 2023/24 season I wanted to provide the Devon Football Family with a staffing update from Coach Road.

As the football season begins to kick off this weekend, we will see the Extra Preliminary Round of this season’s Emirates FA Cup, which many of of our local with be competing in, including a debut for Okehampton Argyle participating in their first ever FA Cup fixture. Good luck to all our teams competing and everyone kicking off their season.

As many of you will be aware we have seen a number of changes recently following the retirement of Paul Morrison and myself stepping up to CEO of the County FA. As part of these changes Matthew Hodgson has now taken over the Football Development Manager’s position on a full-time basis following a successful secondment period and will continue to lead on the female game alongside his new role. These changes have given us an opportunity to reorganise our staffing structure and create four new positions within Devon County FA, these positions will be advertised over August.  We have also taken this as an opportunity to make some changes to current roles within the organisation and these will be officially announced shortly.

However with the departures of Paul and Jason Haywood who left the County FA in June means our current workforce is 20% below our desired levels while we recruit the four new members of the team. With this in mind, in the next three to four months there may be times where there is a delay from us responding to a query or certain programmes of work may be paused.  I am asking for your understanding and co-operation and I can assure you we will work hard to deliver a high quality service across the Devon Football Family during this time.

To enable the team here at Coach Road to respond to enquiries and questions from the football community we would ask you use the following email addresses. This will allow the right member of the team to answer your email as quickly as possible:

Player Membership or FAN enquiries please email Playermembership@devonfa.com

For any safeguarding or DBS enquiry please email Safeguarding@devonfa.com

County Cup queries please email Competitions@devonfa.com, for this seasons County Cup dates please click here.

For general football development enquiries including England Football Accreditation, Futsal, coach education please email Development@devonfa.com

If you have a question relating to any form of discipline or suspensions please email Discipline@devonfa.com

Any enquiries relating to affiliation and County Cup entries please email Affiliations@devonfa.com

For any questions relating to refereeing or our appointments scheme please email Referees@devonfa.com, to see our upcoming referee course dates please click here.

To discuss facility development or funding enquiries please email Facilities@devonfa.com

To contact our Inclusion Advisory Group please email inclusion@devonfa.com

For any other general enquiries please email Info@devonfa.com