Hakon Grøttland is the Head of Player Development for the Norwegian FA. The Player Development Project were lucky enough to have an inside look at how Norway develops young players and how this is influenced by the nation’s culture.
Hakon Grøttland never played football at an elite level due to injury. However, he counts himself lucky in that the series of events which led to the end of his playing days meant he could start his coaching career early. It is clear from talking to him that he is passionate about player development and has dedicated his working life to coaching. He started with a Master’s degree in football from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, before becoming head coach at level three in Norwegian football when he was 25. A period of time working in the women’s game followed, and then four years working in the Norges Fotballforbund (NFF) before taking the reigns as Head of Player Development. It was while he was working at NFF that he was lucky enough to have had the “pleasure of discovering” Norwegian...
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