ECFA makes College Football Hub offers to 105 colleges

AoC Sport is delighted to announce 105 colleges have been accepted as ECFA College Football Hubs for the coming academic year.

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The new philosophy and way of working was launched by National Football Development Manager Lauren O’Sullivan at the ECFA National Football Conference in May.

Since then 130 colleges submitted expressions of interest, with 105 being made offers to join one of three possible funding tiers last week.

26 colleges were made Tier One offers, 40 colleges were made Tier Two offers, and a further 39 colleges were made Tier Three offers.

Through this new concept, AoC Sport and The FA will invest into colleges to develop the student and staff workforce in order to grow college and community football.

This will not only impact on the growth of the game, but also support more students to become active and help drive education, employment and health objectives, cross college.

All college football hubs will be expected to engage 20% female, 10% disability and 10% BAME participants and recruit a male and female student activator to deliver new activity.

Lauren O’Sullivan said: “We are delighted with the sector’s response to this new initiative and believe this model could transform the way we develop football and young people. We are excited to be working with 105 member colleges to develop both college and community football by investing into our staff and student workforce.

“Through this new way of working there is opportunity to have greater impact on the lives and playing habits of young people. This model will directly contribute to The FA National Game Strategy 2015-19 and Sport England’s new strategy; with the overarching aim of getting more young people active, helping young people reach their potential and become more employable through their involvement in the game.

“Thank you to all the colleges who applied, and to The FA and Sport England for their ongoing support. We are looking forward to working with the College Football Hubs and our member colleges over the next 12 months, to provide more high quality playing and volunteering opportunities for current and prospective students. We will capture the impact of this new approach, share best practice with our members and make the case for future investment into FE”

College Football Hubs will contribute toward the four pillars of English Colleges FA (ECFA), the football delivery arm of AoC Sport and our brand for college football. These four pillars are: Participation, Competition, Workforce and Community.

In addition, students attending a college that is part of the Football Hub programme will be eligible to become ECFA Football Activators for their College Football Hub and receive regional and national training from AoC Sport and The FA to support them in this role.

Prospective ECFA Football Activators and media students have the opportunity to apply for our ECFA National Student Leadership Committee; providing a student voice and supporting the development of the football across the County. The deadline for student applications is 10am on Monday 24 October.