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Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA Youth Council

The Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA Youth Council is a group of young volunteers who are passionate about football and motivated to promote the game and develop young leaders across the county. 

The Youth Council’s vision is “Creating opportunities to empower young people through football”

The Youth Council recognises the importance of young people in football and has been structured to provide opportunities to these young people to develop the future of football in our region. 

The Youth Council works alongside the County FA to support and deliver projects across the region. These projects help meet the aims of The FA National Game Strategy as well as promoting the chance for young leaders to learn new skills and increase their employability. 

Youth Council Members

Adam Livingston - 22
Supports York City
Adam is a volunteer/coach and Chair of the youth council
Adam joined the youth council to support the development of football, particularly in higher education, through attempting to increase participation and involvement at a grassroots level

Luke Craggs - 21
Supports Lincoln City
Luke is a volunteer and Vice Chair of the youth council.
Luke joined the youth council to aid the county FA in achieving their goals and outcomes for the season with a focus on empowering young people and giving them opportunities in all areas of football.

Jacob Parsons - 16
Supports Manchester United / AFC Emley
Is a Coach/volunteer/player 
Jacob joined the youth council to try and develop grassroots and non-league football, as well as get more young people involved.

Lewis Pursglove - 18
Supports Rotherham United
Is a referee/volunteer
Lewis joined the youth council because he aims to develop young people within the ‘Beautiful Game’

Ben Schofield - 18
Supports Sheffield Wednesday 
Is a volunteer
Ben joined the youth council to develop more football opportunities within the county

Caitlin O’Grady - 16
Supports Sheffield Wednesday 
Is a referee
Caitlin joined the youth council to develop football in all aspects and make more opportunities for everyone in the sport.

Gregory Devine – 17
Supports Rotherham United, 
Is a referee
Gregory joined the youth council in order to make football more accessible to everyone

Otis Lagden - 16
Supports Tottenham Hotspur
Is a referee 
Otis joined the youth council to get more people involved in sport

Ashley Donovan – 22
Supports Grimsby town 
Is a coach (male and female) and a scout
I wanted to see how the county FA run things and put my own ideas across to increase participation and the standard of coaching.

Cameron Connor – 14
Supports Glasgow Rangers
Is a coach/player/referee 
Cameron joined the youth council to learn new skills and help shape the future of football in Sheffield and Hallamshire.



Applications are currently closed but they will re-open again at the end of the football season.


- You will represent SHCFA

- Receive new kit

- Be given a mentor to advise and support you

- Boost CV

- Invited to attend County FA events 

- Develop football across the region

- Confidence

- Self esteem

- Presenting skills 

- Organisational skills

- Leadership

- Communication skills

- Time management

- Teamwork 

Get In Touch

By Phone: 0114 261 5500 (County FA Offices)

By Email:

By Twitter:  @SHFAYC

shcfa football futures

  • Learn and experience different roles within football
  • Gain valuable practical experience of football development
  • Develop and expand your network
  • Meet key employers that could help your future progress
  • Improve your C.V
  • Gain rewards for hours committed 


Previous events

Football Futures Camp

Our Football Futures Camp aims to help young leaders gain experience and learn about different roles within football through gaining knowledge and practical experience from a variety of workshops. Young people are the future of football and this programme aims to engage the next generation of young leaders through upskilling, support and providing opportunities. 

Past camps have included officiating, disability football, coaching and leadership skills. All of this enables young volunteers to go back to their clubs and enhance their confidence and coaching skills. Additionally, the opportunity to network with likeminded people and members of the County FA increase personal knowledge and employability in the future. 

Furthermore, the Football Futures Camp can help you gain rewards for the hours you commit to volunteering. 

If you are aged 13-16 and want to be involved on our next camp, you can find more details here

Higher and Further Education Football Development Event

In November 2017 we held our first HE/FE event at Sheffield Hallam University. This event invited college and University students to attend and gain knowledge and insight on a number of topics such as influencing, leadership and motivation. The event was free for all to attend and workshops were delivered by FA staff, University lecturers, County FA staff and Youth Council members. 

This event gave attendees further employability skills for those looking for a future in football and sport in general as well as giving them the chance to hear about volunteering opportunities in the local area to enhance their CV. Moreover, attendees were given the chance to apply to join the Youth Council and help to deliver projects in the region to support the development of football and young people. 

Respect Fixtures

The respect campaign is a huge initiative across the country to ensure good behaviour is shown both on and off the pitch at all levels to create an enjoyable and inclusive game for all. To help our County FA promote and achieve this standard across our region, Youth Council members have attended a number of games in the past year to raise awareness, gather feedback and interact with young people. Members have attended a whole range of matches from England U21 internationals to Women’s Championship Play Off games. Youth Council members have also taken advantage of County FA mascot Respect Ralph to help raise awareness at matches! 


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