Football Activators and college staff complete ECFA training days

More than 300 student activators and college members of staff have attended ECFA training events over the past few weeks, as AoC Sport kicks off the ECFA College Football Hub programme for the current academic year.

103 colleges across the country were made offers to become College Football Hubs back in July, with two students from each college becoming ECFA Football Activators. In partnership with The Football Association, more than £160,000 of grants will be distributed to College Football Hubs across the country.

As part of their training for the role, which will see them work to grow participation and opportunities within their college, the activators and members of staff were invited to attended one of nine regional training days since the start of term.

In addition, more than 100 members of college staff attended a national hub training day at St George’s Park in Staffordshire.


Members of staff from The FA and AoC Sport delivered a range of workshops, including ‘Increasing Disability Football Participation’ and ‘Understanding The FA Women’s Football Strategy and what this means for College Football Hubs’.

AoC Sport’s National Football Development Manager, Lauren O’Sullivan, said: “We are delighted so many colleges attended our regional activator training days, and our national hub training day. They were hugely inspiring events, only made possible by the dedication and enthusiasm of the students and staff who attended.

“We are excited about the year ahead and know our College Football Hubs will produce excellent results across education, employment and health objectives, while contributing directly to The FA’s National Game Strategy and Sport England objectives.”