The Development Team works to provide coaching and funding to children and adults throughout the area. Included within this sphere is the awarding of the FA Charter Standard, the development of women’s and girls’ football, the promotion of minority groups within the game and the running of a series of courses and workshops to aid coaching standards. We promote the activities and achievements of footballers and volunteers around Essex, and hold a glitzy annual awards evening to celebrate the successes of those individuals. Strategies are in place to continue this work, both in the short and long terms.
Our Governance Team are on hand between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, to assist with any grassroots football queries and to supply a supportive helping hand for the County’s volunteers. Aside from the roles the team have in processing the administration linked to misconduct on the pitch and the fines, charges and hearings which might follow, the maintenance of the laws of the game and the rules and regulations which make the sport and enjoyable pastime are also at the forefront of the department’s activities.
With around 1,600 clubs affiliated yearly from the office - roughly 4,700 teams - this is a comprehensive task. Essex’s County Cup competitions are organised every campaign, building to an exciting end-of-season finals crescendo, while representative teams are also fielded to face other counties at Under 18s, 16s and Women’s levels. Certain aspects relating to the County’s 1,800-strong referee list and schools football come under the auspices of Governance as well, in addition to welfare case management and safeguarding children.