The Football Futures initiative aims to recruit, retain, develop and reward all young leaders who take part within the scheme, with an aim of developing a future skilled workforce for the game. Football Futures has six themes of Leadership and volunteering, these being the following:
- Coaching and Working with Teams
- Running Events
- Promoting the Game
- Running and Developing the Game
The six themes are designed to engage all young people who have a love for the game even though their interest in Football may differ. The themes offer an insight into all areas of volunteering within the grassroots game and will enable young leaders to support and lead within their local football community, whether this be within their school, college or university, or part of the FA Charter Standard club network in Wiltshire.
Young leaders are encouraged to log the voluntary hours they complete and to keep in contact with the Football Development Team at Wiltshire County FA on their progress to enjoy the benefits that the initiative has to offer. Football Futures also provides the potential for Young Leaders to volunteer with Wiltshire County FA and a number of their key partners throughout the year at a range of events.
FA Charter Standard Clubs and Leagues are encouraged to utilise Football Futures Young Leaders as they can provide assistance in a number of ways within your organisations. The Young leaders may be able to help support the coaching of a team, providing support to the administration and organisation of match days, create and update websites and become RESPECT ambassadors amongst many other roles.
Wiltshire County FA holds an annual county Young Leaders Camp which will be open for any 16-19-year-olds across the county who are currently volunteering in football. The camp brings together a large group of Young Leaders from around the county to experience a series of workshops covering a variety of football themes including Futsal, the FA Skills programme and disability football.
Following the County Camp, Young Leaders are selected from the attendees to represent the Wiltshire County FA at The FA’s National Football Futures Camp.
Anyone interested in being part of the Football Futures initiative as a young leader or in offering young leaders the opportunity to volunteer within your club, please contact:
T: 01793 486047 (Option 2)