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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 see our Football Futures Club link below, or contact Maddie Massey firstname.lastname@example.org or 01202 688273.
Please see the following for more Football Futures Information:
Football Futures Club
Dorset Football Futures Camp Ages 14 - 18
Football Futures E-Zine