The FA Secondary Schools Programme was launched this week, aiming to put "football at the heart of school life."
Imagine the lively morning debates before school about last night’s game, the eager walk to class after the highs and lows of a World Cup Final played out at break-time, the sense of pride when representing your school team, the elation of scoring a goal after an amazing passing sequence between team-mates, the inspiring classroom conversations about the pathway to England hero and the times when we stop to think and relive those moments all over again, looking back as adults.
We all know that football is like no other in its ability to capture the hearts and minds of school children, to inspire these young people, to unite young people together and to create powerful life-time memories, particularly throughout secondary school.
We believe that every young person should have access to these inspirational experiences and happy memories of football in school life.
Our mission is to make this possible by supplying teachers with the ideas, tools and resources that teachers value, whilst engaging closely to ensure we can continually support teachers effectively.
The FA Secondary Schools Programme
The programme is free to all schools and is comprised of four clear elements:-
• After school clubs
• Intra-school football
• Inter-school football
Each of the elements above are supported by a multitude of resources and ideas to support delivery. They will be available through a variety of digital channels, with printed versions and Nike merchandise options also available via our Schools Football Shop which will be available from September.
Digital and Social Media
To support engagement, we’ve also launched a series of specific social media feeds for teachers which will highlight new resources that can be accessed and also discuss topics of interest which are relevant for schools each week so that ideas are always at your fingertips.
All schools have to do to enroll is to visit the new online FA Schools Portal, create a quick and easy profile and all resources will be stored here for easy access.
The portal and launch will be officially live from 15 June.
Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, via @FASchools and all information about how to enroll from the middle of June will be posted there.
The FA Secondary Schools Programme is delivered in close partnership with our national partners English Schools FA and Independent Schools FA together with our network of County Football Associations across the country.
Visit their websites here:-