Ritchie Humphreys was delighted on Thursday afternoon as he passed his UEFA A Licence qualification following an assessment at St George's Park.The Pools star has been working on his coaching qualifications around his duties as a player at The Vic and was thrilled to be told he'd secured the coveted A Licence.
Humphreys managed to secure a slot during a full week of assessments at The FA's National Football Centre in Burton in order to pass his final examination.
The assessment is made over two afternoon sessions during which Humphreys took control of some of Burton Albion's young players in both an 11 v 11 and a small-sided game.
"I am absolutely buzzing I've passed, it's been a lot of hard work but worth it," Humphreys told us.
"Obviously it's difficult to work the qualification around playing because you have to have the right amount of preparation and recovery time.
"You have to stay focused on the playing side of things and try to find the time in other areas to do the work required for the Licence.
"I'm really pleased to have been able to qualify while I'm still playing though; I had to wait about twenty minutes afterwards to find out how I'd done and I think that was the longest twenty minutes of my life!"
It's the second A Licence success in seven days for the Club after Assistant Youth Team Coach Nick Green passed his qualification last Thursday.