Young Volunteers

Football's Next Generation

maintaining future volunteers

bringing youth through

The FA Football Futures Programme aims to develop the next generation of football volunteers. It recruits, retains, progresses, develops and rewards volunteers regardless of their background, gender or ability.

We provide guidance and opportunities for people aged 14-21 who volunteer or would like to get involved. You could be coaching and working with teams, refereeing, running events, promoting the game or working on the Respect Programme.
Southend United FITC
Colchester United FITC
aged 14-21 and want to get involved?

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Football Futures works alongside the FA Secondary Schools Programme, Sports Leaders UK, the Youth Sport Trust, Sport England, schools, FA-affiliated clubs and other appropriate organisations and agencies.
If you have any questions, or if you’d like to know more about Football Futures, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your local Football Development Officer.

* you will receive a certificate of voluntary hours when milestones are met, helping to build a portfolio of your achievements
* gain experience and knowledge from the Essex County FA team when volunteering at events
* build your experience to potentially become part of the Essex County FA Youth Council
* you will gain vital experience with a national governing body
* attend our annual Football Futures Ceremony, where a host of awards will be presented
* be matched-up with potential employers
We hold an annual county Football Futures Camp which is open for any 16-19-year-olds who are currently volunteering within football. The camp brings together a large group of Young Leaders from across the county to experience a series of workshops covering a variety of football themes such as Futsal and refereeing. Following the county camp, Young Leaders are selected from the attendees to represent Essex at The FA’s national Football Futures Camp.
making an impact on the game

essex youth forum

Our Youth Forum was formed in 2014 with a mixture of knowledge and experience throughout the members, who are spread across the county.

Our aim is to give a voice to, and engage with, young people who are volunteering in Essex football whilst overseeing the Football Futures Programme. They also plan and deliver events such as Community Football Day, the Football Futures Camp and our annual awards ceremony.
Football Futures