Wiltshire FA Youth Council, FA Leadership Academy, FA Youth Council

In for the win!

Wiltshire FA Youth Council

We are proud to announce our Youth Council have won the Youth Leadership Group Award in the FA Leadership Academy Awards 2022.

Led by the FA Youth Council, the FA Youth Leadership Academy focusses on developing the leadership potential of young people as individuals, as a team and when working in the community.

Having noticed many Youth Leaders doing amazing work in their County’s, the newly introduced Youth Leadership Group Award recognises and celebrates County FA Youth Council’s that are developing themselves, others, and the community.

Wiltshire FA Youth Council were shortlisted for their collaboration, innovation, and passion across the season, celebrated for making significant steps as a newly formed Youth Council, developing a relationship with Crimestoppers, partnering with their youth service, Fearless and delivering several events to engage the football community in Wiltshire.

Ella Broad, Football Development Officer at Wiltshire FA said, “I am really proud of everything the team have achieved this season and it has been a pleasure to work with them all. I look forward to continuing to support them in the new season and seeing the impact they continue to have on young people across the county.”

Congratulations to James Frost (Chair), Robert Herret (Vice-Chair), Harry Russell (Coaching Officer), Rhiannon Stevens (Referee Officer), Keir Doherty (Marketing and Communications Officer) and Aaron Joseph (Marketing and Communications Officer) for all their hard work at Wiltshire FA.

Oliver Selfe, CEO at Wiltshire FA added,I would like to take this opportunity to recognise the hard work of Ella Broad and Lyndon Taylor, who have worked tirelessly to recruit and train our new group of young leaders for the Wiltshire FA Youth Council. They have also supported the group, working many evening and weekends, to deliver some outstanding projects during season 2021-22. Well done Lyndon and Ella!”

Up for another award was Chair of Wiltshire FA Youth Council, James Frost, who received Highly Commended for the Outstanding Youth Leader Award. Demonstrating impact, innovation and inclusion, James’ FA Leadership Academy project supported the Wiltshire Inclusion Action Plan, targeting under-represented groups.

Leading the ‘Fearless Football Festival’ and contributing to a refugee asylum seekers project, blind football taster sessions, female walking football sessions and many other projects, James has played a significant role in providing opportunities for historically under-represented groups in Wiltshire.

Oliver Selfe continues, “I would like to recognise the tremendous commitment of James Frost, Chair of the Wiltshire FA Youth Council. James has not only led the team with complete professionalism, but he has done this whilst studying for a Masters Degree and being a regular member of the Swindon & Wiltshire Inclusion Advisory Group. I would like to congratulate James on the success of his team and for being highly commended in the category of ‘Outstanding Youth Leadership’.”

Wiltshire FA Youth Council provides a voice for children and young people. The group shape and deliver football, while influencing change and developing a lasting legacy in football.

Wiltshire FA Youth Council is looking for new members to join the team as they build on their achievements this season.

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