Football Futures

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The FA Football Futures Leadership and Volunteering programme aims to recruit, retain, develop, reward and provide a progressive pathway for young leaders in order to develop a skilled football workforce. The young leader is placed at the heart of the FA Football Futures programme choosing what, where and how they wish to volunteer in football across six football themes.

Who is the programme for?

Any young person aged between 14 and 25 who has an interest in getting involved in football leadership and volunteering.

They can be from a range of environments: a school, college or university attached to an FA Charter Standard Club, League or other likeminded organisation.

Young Leaders can choose from a range of activities, from assisting with the coaching or running of a team, acting as the press officer for a junior league, developing a film to promote a new activity for young people to play to refereeing or being a Respect Ambassador.

What are the benefits?

Through the programme a young leader will gain valuable experience and develop skills that can be applied outside the sport.

Once registered on the programme, young leaders will be offered support to gain football related qualifications such as the Level 1 in Coaching Football or refereeing qualifications.

Young Leaders can track their volunteer hours and gain FA certification at the following milestones:

  • 10 Hours
  • 25 Hours
  • 50 Hours
  • 75 Hours
  • 100 Hours
  • 125 Hours
  • 150 Hours
  • 175 Hours
  • 200 Hours

Any young leader who reaches more than 200 hours can be nominated for additional rewards.

What are the FA Football Futures Themes?

Students can get involved in as many of the following themes as they wish:

1. Coaching and Working with Teams
Opportunities could include coaching or working with a team in a school, college, university, FA Charter Standard Club or The FA Club Links programme. This can be as simple as assisting an experienced coach, to running one-off coaching sessions and/or working with a team on a regular basis in training and also on a match days.

2. Refereeing
Refereeing games within school, college, university or club football on a voluntary basis. Young leaders can get involved in refereeing small–sided games, intra-school football or chose to focus on 11-a-side football and become part of the National Referee Development programme.

3. Running and Supporting Events
Assisting in the coordination and organisation of an event or events. It can be any kind of event from intra-school football to regional/national tournaments.

4. Running and Developing the Game
Assisting in the running of an FA Charter Standard Club or League or an intra-school league. This can involve supporting the fixtures secretary, taking minutes at committee meetings or writing development plans to increase participation.

5. Promoting the Game
Many young leaders will probably have already been involved in promoting the game through volunteering activities and not even realised! This could be creating a Facebook group for your club, team or league, running a website, writing match reports, or photography. The Promoting the Game strand of the FA Football Futures programme is designed to cater for these activities.

6. RESPECT Ambassador
Ensuring that all players have signed up to the Respect Codes of Conduct, putting up Respect barriers and ensuring that teams all understand the competition rules and regulations. This works to ensure that the club, league, school, college or university’s Respect practices are adhered to and is rewarded through the programme.

What is the cost?

Nothing! The only cost is your voluntary time, which you may already be giving but not receiving recognition and reward for!

How do I sign up?

To get involved with Football Futures email Football Development Officer Matthew Handley at matthew.handley@sheffieldfa.com or telephone 0114 241 4992.

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