ECFA National Activator Conference celebrates work of more than 150 student volunteers

The ECFA National Activator Conference welcomed more than 210 delegates to Wembley Stadium last week, as we celebrated the incredible work of students over the past year.


120 ECFA Football Activators from across the country were in attendance, along with 60 college staff members and others from assorted roles, including The FA, County FA and AoC Sport staff.

The event saw the Activators and other attendees hear key note speeches from the likes of The FA’s Head of Participation, Pete Ackerley, AoC Sport Managing Director, Marcus Kingwell, and Tom Rimmer, who this year has been chairperson of the ECFA National Student Management Team.

“The ECFA National Activator Conference is a real celebration of the phenomenal work these young students have done within colleges,” said AoC Sport National Football Development Officer Matt Dandy.


“The 80 colleges signed up to the programme recruited 158 student volunteers to develop and build football activity within colleges. These ECFA Football Activators have engaged more than 3500 new students in football – 23% female. But it is not only new participants who have been helped through this programme, with this group of individuals supporting more than 6000 football participants in total.”

The students also took part in networking sessions, a ‘Brand Me’ seminar, and enjoyed a session from StreetGames, giving them ideas on how to engage with ‘non-sporty’ students.

“The impact of this programme is incredible, however the true power this programme holds is in the development of this future workforce,” Matt added.


“The ECFA Activators receive both regional and national training alongside remote training via webinars. This training, along with the football development experience they are getting within this role, develops key employability skills which are transferable into any career.

“These young students are giving up their time to support football development within college and in return are developing themselves and others, making them prime candidates for employers.”

Registration is now open for the 2016 National Football Conference