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 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?

At the bottom of this article you will find the registration form you are required to complete and submit to join the Football Futures programme. In addition, there is a further document detailing the key themes of the programme and all other pertinent information.  

For further information, please contact Dorset FA via 01202 682375 or email

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