Football Futures


Who is it for & how do I sign up?

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.

Any young person aged between 14 to 22, 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.

To sign up to our Football Futures programme, please complete the online registration form by clicking here.

The benefits

Young leaders 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. Any young leader, who reaches more than 200 hours, can be nominated by their County FA for additional rewards.

Manchester County FA also has a monthly Young Leader of the Month Award, details of which can be found by clicking here.

The 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 become part of the National Referee Development programme.

Supporting events
Assisting in the coordination and organisation of events. It can be anything from intra-school football to national tournaments.

Running & 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
This could include creating a Facebook group, running a website, writing match reports, or getting involved in photography.

Respect ambassador
Ensuring that all players have signed up to Respect codes of conduct, putting up Respect barriers and ensuring that teams all understand the competition rules and regulations. This work to ensure that Respect practices are adhered and rewarded.

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! 

Want more information?

Please email Children & Young People Football Development Officer Alex Harvie by clicking HERE or call 0161 225 1966.

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