FA gets the nod from UN for youth conference

Monday 13 Apr 2015
Young volunteer Megan Smith at St. George's Park before her trip to Berlin
The FA is supporting the United Nations Youth Leadership Camp in Germany this week, using football to enhance positive social change around the world. 

It is the third time that The FA has backed the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, having previously delivered workshops at camps in South Korea.

And The FA’s children and young people manager Karl Lines will be heading to Berlin on Thursday, where young sports leaders from all around the world will travel to take part in the two-week camp.

Joined by 19-year-old volunteer Megan Smith, who was selected due to her commitment and achievements in The FA’s Football Futures programme, they will deliver a two-day Football Leadership workshop, aiming to unite and inspire young people in the delivery of football in their own communities as a way of enhancing positive social change.

"I can’t wait to get out there," said Megan who has been involved in Football Futures, a volunteering programme for people aged 14-24, for a number of years.

"It’s incredible to be chosen to represent The FA on this trip and I am excited by the opportunity to work alongside an FA member of staff and hopefully inspire the Young Leaders in the same way that Football Futures has inspired me. 

"I initially got involved as a coach and referee but my involvement grew and culminated in my nomination to the National Football Futures Camp at St Georges. I’m sure this opportunity will allow me to further my development."

If you have any questions regarding Football Futures, please email Football.Futures@TheFA.com.

By FA Staff