Inaugural Super Hub meeting success

The 22 Super Hub Colleges, selected for their excellence and innovation in the development of their football and futsal offers, met for the first time this week.

The network event was held at Telford College, who have recently partnered with Shropshire FA to open a £1.6 million football hub in a bid to boost the sport in the county.

The setting was fitting for the theme of the day – ‘Innovation. Lauren O’Sullivan (National Football Development Manager) opened with a session on the importance of innovation for the sector, what good innovation really means, and how to apply it.

Super Hubs discussed their challenges and explored solutions, as well as the opportunities to consider including HE in FE, the new Ofsted Framework, and the developments in futsal.

A key focus of the network is women and girl’s football, and the group heard an exclusive update from Donna McIvor, FA National Participation Manager, on the FA’s ambitious vision, and how the FE sector plays a vital part of this.

Four Super Hubs presented on their own successful women and girl’s provision, including Bridgwater & Taunton College – Performance, Loughborough College- Community, Portsmouth College – Workforce, and Joseph Chamberlain College – Participation.

The network provides a continual platform to allow for colleges to share best practice, and learn from one another to develop their own college football hubs. The network will meet again in April to look further into their challenges and solutions, and continue their learning.

Many thanks to Telford College for hosting the network, and for the continued support from the FA.

FA College Grassroots Hubs

A full list of FA College Grassroots Hubs can be found HERE


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