Football Futures

Below are a number of ways in which you can volunteer in the Football Futures programme across the 6 themes.

The FA Football Futures Leadership and Volunteering programme aims to recruit, retain, develop, reward and provide a progressive pathway for young leaders in order to develop a skilled football workforce. 

The young leader is placed at the heart of the FA Football Futures programme choosing what, where and how they wish to volunteer in football across six football themes. During 2011 over 6000 young people will have been provided with an opportunity to get involved in volunteering in football with development of life skills at the core of everything they do.

Who is the programme for?

Any young person aged between 14 to 19, who has an interest in getting involved in football leadership and volunteering. This can be in a range of environments be it at a school, college, university attached to an FA Charter Standard Club or League or other likeminded partner. Young Leaders can choose from a range of activities, from assisting with the coaching or running of a team, acting as the press officer for a junior league, developing a film to promote a new activity for young people to play, refereeing or being a Respect Ambassador to name but a few.

Below are a number of ways in which you can volunteer in the Football Futures programme across the 6 themes.

Coaching and Working with Teams 

We can provide opportunities for you to work within local Charter Standard Clubs coaching or shadowing other coaches within the club. You can also volunteer within your School, College or University working with teams as part of their 11-aside programme. Alternatively you could work with teams in a intra mural programme such as Team 19 if there’s one running. You may also be able to get involved with a Just Play session if you’re School, College or University run one. Setting up fun football based games. 


You can volunteer as a referee at your School, College or University refereeing games as part of the 11-aside or 5-aside intra mural programme. You can also referee at any festivals or tournaments they may organise 

Running and Supporting Events 

You can help organise the intra mural programme at your School, College or University. You might want organise end of term or year tournaments as well to round off these programmes. You can also work with Charter Standard Teams to organise end of season tournaments or fundraising activities through the course of the season. 

Running and Developing the Game 

You can volunteer with your local Charter Standard League supporting the League or Referee Secretary arranging officials for the weekly fixtures, recording results and putting them online. You can also work with your local Charter Standard Club. Taking minutes at meetings or helping with a club development plan. You can also work supporting the intra mural programme within your School, College or University, running programmes such as Team 19.

Promoting the Game 

Many young leaders will probably have already been involved in promoting the game through volunteering activities and not even have realised it! For example, creating a Facebook group for your club, team or league? That is part of promoting the game. Running a website? Writing match reports? Photography? The Promoting the Game strand of the Football Futures programme is designed to cater for these activities. 

RESPECT Ambassador 

You can volunteer as a RESPECT Ambassador at a Charter Standard league or team or at your School College or University. You can make sure RESPECT barriers are visible at games, make sure that players and spectators adhere to the clubs code of conduct. Or you could create a RESPECT programme for a club or league. 

For more information please contact Kirsty Leake on 01482 221158 or

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