AoC Sport supports FA Leadership Academy 2019

AoC Sport recently supported the delivery of the biggest ever FA Leadership Academy, with 45 young people coming from the UK and 15 delegates from UEFA countries.

The young people attended a four-day residential at St George’s Park consisting of a series of workshops to prepare them for a year-long learning and development programme as enrolled leaders on the Academy.

The FA Leadership Academy is part of the FA’s strategy to give young people the opportunity to develop their skills in order to create a long-lasting legacy and develop football within their local communities.

This year’s event had a EURO 2020 focus, captured through young leaders invited from UEFA nations, as well as a workshop delivered by Heidi Truman from UEFA highlighting the opportunities for youth engagement in the EURO 2020 competition.

Developing the workforce is one of the key strategy pillars of English Colleges FA (ECFA), the football delivery arm of AoC Sport.

ECFA provide students, staff and volunteers with educational and training opportunities to ensure high quality learning, enhance student employability and help develop a diverse workforce.

Youth Leader

AoC Sport Competition Administrator Harry Richards attended the event as a youth leader and said: “The Leadership Academy was such an amazing experience which allowed me to develop new skills but also create existing ones.

“I attended as youth leader, which gave me the opportunity to meet so many brilliant new people and the confidence to step out of my comfort zone!”

In addition, Rosie May, Bridgwater & Taunton College FA Women’s Football Apprentice was nominated to attend by AoC Sport.  She has recently been appointed to the ECFA Committee as the youth representative and was nominated to further enhance her leadership skills and to support her to maximise her potential in her various roles of responsibility.

Shannon Howarth, Disability Development Officer at AoC Sport also attended in a mentor capacity, to provide support and guidance to the new youth leaders beginning the programme.

She said: “Coming through the previous Football Futures Programme and attending camp in 2012 was what gave me the drive to want to work in sport. The FA Leadership Academy equips leaders with the skills to be able to go back to their counties or countries and make an impact on their local community football”.

Workshop delivery

AoC Sport was also delighted to be able to send a number of staff to support the core delivery of the programme, including Alice Kempski who delivered a workshop in a youth-adult partnership with Josh Stockdale, member of the FA National Youth Council, on “Communication, Conversation and Connecting”.

Lauren O’Sullivan also delivered a workshop on “Caring for Yourself” alongside Rafe Turner, Vice Chair of the FA National Youth Council.

It is an exciting time for youth leadership in football, as Wembley National Stadium Trust, which derives its income from events at the stadium, have recognised the potential of the FA programme and invested £600k to expand the Youth Leadership and Volunteering programme and the diversity of its participants.

AoC Sport has opportunities to get involved in volunteering through the Leadership Academy and its ECFA Activators programme.

Find out more by visiting the Leadership Academy section of the website or email Alix Tucker or Kirstie Hickson.

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