While the world’s eyes were on Wembley Stadium for The Emirates FA Cup semi-finals last weekend a 12-year-old, who could have a big future in the running of the game, was one of 170 people sharing his wisdom at St. George’s Park.
Despite his tender years, Cameron Connor is a Sheffield & District Junior League committee member and acts as an age group representative for U11-U12 players.
So highly thought of is Cameron that he was part of an exclusive list of delegates at SGP – the rest aged over 18 – to attend the National Youth Leagues Conference, where workshops centred on improving player environments were undertaken and senior figures from The FA gave addresses.
Such an agenda is nothing new for Cameron, who couples his time playing for local side Hillsborough Pumas, with listening to his peers and addressing their concerns.
Why he does so is simple: he is head over heels in love with football.
“I started playing when I was five years-old and after that, when I was eight or nine, I went on an FA Skills course for three years,” explains Cameron who, when he is not playing or attending committee meetings he makes the long trip north with dad Douglas to Ibrox to see their beloved Glasgow Rangers.