Sports Volunteering Development Project

Message for all Sports Volunteering Project Members

As you all know, the Sports Volunteering Development Project has come to an end.  All Sports Volunteering Members will now be supported by the Volunteer Centre Greenwich Membership Team.  You will still be able to access all the same services and workshops to assist you with your volunteer involvement in your project.  We have added you to the list for our quarterly e-newsletter which will keep you up to date on what’s new from Volunteer Centre Greenwich


Young People’s Volunteering Opportunity

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

What’s it about?
Who’s it for?
The programme offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities; young leaders are able to gain experience in volunteering across six themes. Here in London we run a Football Futures programme to suit everyone, whether your interests lay in being out on the field as a coach, in the middle of the action as a referee or working behind the scenes to make football happen. Anyone aged 14-24 years old, who lives in the county and is interested in becoming involved in Leadership and Volunteering through football. Whether you want to volunteer in your school, college, university or at your local FA Charter Standard Football Club or League, this programme will provide you with excellent opportunities to enhance your leadership skills, make new friends, gain FA qualifications and volunteer with London FA and our partners.

What are the six themes of volunteering?

1) Coaching and Working with Teams

Opportunities could include; coaching or working with a team in a college, school, university or Charter Standard Club. This can be as small as assisting an experienced coach, to running one-off coaching sessions, to working with a team on a regular basis in training and also on a match days.

2) Refereeing

Refereeing games within a club, school or college on a voluntary basis. Young Leaders can get involved in refereeing small–sided games, intra-school football or choose to focus on 11v11 football and become part of the National Referee Development programme.

3) Running &Supporting Events

Assisting in the coordination and organisation of an event(s). It can be any kind of event from intra-school football to regional/national tournaments.

4) Running & Developing the Game

Assisting in the running of a charter standard club or league, intra mural or Team19 league. This can involve supporting the fixtures secretary, taking minutes at committee meetings or writing development plans to increase participation etc.

5) 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.

6) RESPECT Ambassador

Ensuring that all players have signed up to the Respect Codes of Conduct, putting up Respect barriers and ensuring that teams all understand the competition rules and regulations etc. This work to ensure that the club, league, school, college or university’s Respect practices are adhered to is rewarded through the programme.

Why should I sign up?

If you’re passionate about volunteering in football the rewards speak for themselves:

• Recognition of your voluntary work
• Earn certificates, benefits and awards!

• Gain FA qualifications

• Meet and work with other young leaders from across the County
• Opportunities to represent London at National FA events
• Annual Leadership Camp

How do I apply?
FF Further Info Form
Expression of Interest Form
Fill in the Expression of Interest form and email to us. If you would like more information on the programme you can contact Darren Smith on: 0207 751 2423