The FA Football Futures is The Football Association’s Leadership and Volunteering programme for young people.
We aim to recruit, retain, develop, reward and provide a progressive pathway for young leaders in order to develop a skilled football workforce for the future. The young person is placed at the heart of the Football Futures programme choosing what, where and how they wish to volunteer in football across 6 football themes. On an annual basis, over 4,000 young people will be provided with an opportunity to get involved in volunteering in football with development of life skills at the core of everything they do.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is available to any young person aged 14+ who has an interest in getting involved in football leadership. This can be in a range of environments be it at a school, college or university, attached to a charter standard club or league or other likeminded partner. 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 Football Futures, a young person will gain valuable experience and develop skills that can be applied to all walks of life. Leaders in the programme 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 get rewarded through The County FA, ISFA, British College Sport and British Universities and Colleges Football Development programmes at the following milestones;
Contact your County Football Association who will tell you how leaders can log their volunteering hours and be part of their local programmes.
Young Leaders can choose to volunteer against any of the following 6 themes:
1. Coaching and Working with Teams
Oportunities could include; coaching or working with a team in a college, school, 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 club, school or college 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.
3. 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.
4. Running and Developing the Game
Assisting in the running of a 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 etc.
5. 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 Football Futures programme is designed to cater for these activities.
6. 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 etc. This work to ensure that the club, league, school, college or university’s Respect practices are adhered to is rewarded through the programme.
National Programmes and further Qualifications
Please see further information on our Football Futures National Programmes and if you are interested in gaining a qualification in football leadership, then please read the document below in resources.