Football Futures

The FA Football Futures programme aims to recruit, retain and develop a progressive pathway for young leaders in order to develop a skilled football workforce for the future. The Westmorland FA Football Futures programme is free and is dedicated to supporting young leaders through offering guidance, support and opportunities. The young person is placed at the heart of the Football Futures programme choosing what, where and how they wish to volunteer in football across 6 football themes.

The scheme allows volunteers working within clubs and schools (12-19 year olds) with the opportunity to access support from the County FA while logging volunteer hours. The importance of volunteers in grass roots football cannot be underestimated and Westmorland County FA are committed to supporting the Football Futures Programme.

Football Futures themes:

• Coaching and working with teams
• Refereeing
• Running Events
• Running and developing the game
• Promoting the game
• Respect

Westmorland FA’s programme links into The FA national Football Futures programme giving two young leaders from the county the opportunity to attend The FA National Camp held annually at St George's Park each year.

What are the benefits of the Football Futures Programme;

•  Employability – CV 
•  Networking with County FA / FA staff 
•  Support through qualifications 
•  Recognition via FA certificates and awards 
•  Individual Development 

Already this season, young volunteers have had the opportunity to attend a number of training opportunities involving coaching and refereeing.

Young Leaders can access the following accredited courses through the scheme:

1st 4 Sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football 
FA Youth Module Courses 
Basic Referee course

CLICK HERE for details on the current opportunities

Football Future Young Leaders have the chance to gain certificates for the number of hours volunteered while supporting local Charter Standard Clubs and schools. To register onto the scheme, please complete the Football Futures Registration Form and return to Graeme Blair at

If you’re a young volunteer and would like to know more about the scheme or to get involved at County level or if you volunteer within a Club and know there are young volunteers assisting, contact for further details.

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