Football Futures

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 to 25, who has an interest in getting involved in football leadership and volunteering. This can be in a range of environments be it at a school, college, university attached to an FA Charter Standard Club or League or other likeminded partner. 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, refereeing or being a Respect Ambassador to name but a few.

What are the benefits?

Through the programme, a young leader will gain valuable experience and develop skills that can be applied to all walks of life. Once in 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 certain milestones. Any young leader, who reaches more than 200 hours, can be nominated by their County FA for additional rewards.

What are the FA Football Futures Themes?

Students can choose to volunteer against any of the following themes, and be involved in as many 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 small as assisting an experienced coach, to running one-off coaching sessions, to working with a team on a regular basis in training and also on a match days.  

The Dorset FA Young Coaches Academy launched in 2013, supporting 8 young coaches from local Charter Standard Clubs to develop their coaching skills through in-service events, coaching courses and mentoring. This programme is due to continue for the 2014-15 season, so if you are interested in becoming part of the Academy, please register your interest via the contact details at the bottom of the page.

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 11v11 football and become part of the National Referee Development programme.

The Dorset FA Referees Academy launched in 2009, supporting 12 young referees across Dorset. Mentoring and in-service sessions are provided to Academy members. The programme is due to expand for the 2014-15 season, to support up to 30 young referees across the game.

If you are interested in taking up refereeing, please contact Kevin Pike via or call 01202 688270.

Running and Supporting Events
Assisting in the coordination and organisation of an event(s). It can be any kind of event from intra school football to regional/national tournaments.

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.

Helping to develop new opportunties for football participation and improving young peoples experiences of the game.

Currently the Dorset FA have a Youth Council, consisting of a number of young people invovled in football across Dorset. The group provides a voice for young people in Dorset football, and they design and deliver projects to assist in developing and improving children and young peoples experiences of the game. If you are interested in becoming part of the Youth Council, we would encourage you to get in touch via the contact details at the bottom of the page.

Promoting the Game
Many young leaders will probably have already been involved in promoting the game through volunteering activities and not even have realised it! For example, creating a Facebook group for your club, team or league? That is part of promoting the game. Running a website? Writing match reports? Photography? The Promoting the Game strand of the FA Football Futures programme is designed to cater for these activities.

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 work to ensure that the club, league, school, college or university’s Respect practices are adhered to 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! 

To sign up to Football Futures please contact Maddie Massey or 01202 688273.  

Please see the following for more Football Futures Information:

Dorset Football Futures Camp Ages 14 - 18

Football Futures E-Zine

FA Skills Dorset
Ezine Advert
Coaching Courses
Beach Football
Women and Girls Football