Applications now open for additional 2019/20 FA Women’s Football Apprentice funding

ECFA, the football delivery arm of AoC Sport, is excited to announce additional funding for three more colleges to apply for a 2019/20 FA Women’s Football Apprentice.

As part of the FA’s Game Plan for Growth, the FA in partnership with ECFA are investing in 23 FA Women’s Football Apprentices for the academic year.

Each apprentice will be tasked with engaging 100 new female participants and 10 new female leaders, with tailored inclusion and diversity targets.

Colleges are invited to apply to become a ‘host college’ for this academic year. If successful, the host college will receive a grant of £7,000 to contribute towards the apprentice wage as well as a range of other benefits.

Independent research has shown that the FA Women’s Football Apprentice model is an effective and sustainable solution to the development of the future workforce and to drive all aspects of the women and girls’ game.

It has been shown that the apprentices have the ability to deliver over 200% more hours than sessional coaches or staff, have a stronger brand across the community and will develop key new skills and behaviours. This will not only help drive participation and deliver a meaningful impact within colleges but will help make the apprentices desirable to future employers.

The new apprentices will join an existing national network of apprentices across further education and will enrol on a high-quality learning and development programme delivered by sector experts.

Skye Smith from Hartpury College said: “Working towards the goal of getting more girls into football would be something I would happily do as a hobby, so being able to put it into a job is something I’m really excited to do.”

Colleges should read the FA Women’s Football Apprentices supporting notes (September 2019) before completing an application form.

FA Women’s Football Apprentice Application Form (September 2019)

Email Grace McCatty with any questions and a completed application by 5pm on Friday, 20 September 2019.

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