Hodgson joins Foundation staff for the day

Palace manager Roy Hodgson talked growing up in Croydon, coaching abroad and leading the England team when he spent time with Palace for Life Foundation coaches and staff.

The former England and Liverpool boss was taking part in a question and answer session about his life and coaching career with over 70 Foundation staff at Kent County Cricket Ground in Beckenham on 20 July.

Roy Hodgson with Foundation staff

Roy Hodgson with Foundation staff

Staff were attending a development day which included training to help them become more confident and comfortable in working with people with a disability. Enhance the UK ran an educational workshop on terminology and the social model of disability, while FA coach tutor Rob Seale ran practical training to help coaches become more comfortable with adapting mainstream sessions and language to the surprise element of disability.

Roy Hodgson, who took over as Palace boss in December 2017 and guided the team to Premier League safety, joined the session to talk to staff, answering all of the questions directed at him with openness and honesty.

Roy Hodgson speak to Foundation coaches

Roy Hodgson speak to Foundation coaches

Foundation CEO Mike Summers said: “It was excellent to be joined by one of world football’s most respected leaders and for our coaches to have the opportunity to ask Roy about his career and for his expert advice.

“Roy is from Croydon so his connection to our team, who work with more than 13,000 people each year across south London, is even more tangible and it was fascinating to hear his stories about growing up locally and training with Palace as a youth player.”

Roy Hodgson and Mike Summers

Roy Hodgson and Mike Summers