Through a strong working partnership between the English Colleges FA (ECFA), Association of Colleges Sport (AoC Sport) and The Football Association, football within Further Education (FE) has really developed over the past 5 years. In addition to the growth of male and female 11-a-side teams and leagues, through research with FE students, recreational formats of football have been established to create more playing opportunities which meet the needs of more young people. These programmes include:
Team Nineteen - Recreational small sided leagues (intra-mural) for 16-19 year olds delivered by colleges, driven by student leaders.
Just Play - Weekly ‘turn up and play’ sessions at a Just Play Centre to get more players aged (16+) back into football.
Football Mash Up - Part of the FA Youth Programme addressing 14-17 year old participation drop off through after school / college football sessions at your local Mash Up Centre.
In addition to creating more playing opportunities, the programmes above also provide students with authentic leadership, project management and delivery opportunities through volunteering in football. Any young person aged 14-24 can gain recognition and reward for their volunteering and contribution to grassroots football through:
Football Futures - The FA National leadership and volunteering programme, supporting volunteers aged 14-24.
As part of the Football Futures programme a number of Colleges have established Student Management Teams – a committee of students who take ownership and drive forward recreational football provision in their college or school sixth form.
For support on developing FE football in your school or college please contact Stuart Wells on 01458 832359. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org