New football Super Hubs announced
AoC Sport is delighted to announce that 22 colleges have been successful in becoming football Super Hubs.
We were overwhelmed by the responses from members, and the selected network, in partnership with the FA, has been formed to demonstrate the excellence and innovation existing amongst the FE sector’s football and futsal offers, as well as providing the opportunity to strive for more.
The purpose of the new network will be as follows:
- Consultancy Group –The Super Hub network would act as the football development advisory group. They will advise on football and futsal development matters, pilot FA products and initiatives and help shape the future model for College Grassroots Hubs
- Grow the Game – The Super Hub network will be supported to provide more and better inclusive and appropriate playing opportunities for FE students and the community, which will focus on priority areas such as women’s and girl’s, disability and futsal
- Develop the Workforce – The Super Hub staff will hear from experts in the sector, providing them with further CPD, as well as providing the opportunity to learn from each other and share best practice.
The successful colleges are:
- Lancaster & Morecambe College
- Isle of Wight College
- Chichester College
- Walsall College
- The Sheffield College
- Newham College of Further Education
- Telford College
- Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College
- East Norfolk Sixth Form College
- Hartpury College
- Barnsley College
- Bishop Burton College
- Birmingham Metropolitan College
- Calderdale College
- Loughborough College
- Sunderland College
- USP College (SEEVIC)
- Bridgwater and Taunton College
- Merrist Wood College
- Tyne Coast College
- Portsmouth College
- Milton Keynes College
Over the next two academic years, Super Hubs will get access to additional support in the delivery and development of their football and futsal offer, through both individual and networking meetings.
The colleges will be at the forefront of new initiatives and offers, getting first access to pilot projects and innovation sessions to support in the development of the game, as well as the opportunity to apply for further funding.
Each Super Hub will have opportunity to showcase their strengths within the following areas: Women & Girls, Participation, Performance, Workforce, Community, whilst learning from one another to strive for continuous improvement.
The colleges successful in applying for an FA Women’s and Girls Apprentice 2019/20 will also be invited to be a part of the Super Hub network.
Watch this space as we invite more high performing colleges to join this exclusive network shortly.
For more information on this new concept please contact National Football Development Officer Alice Kempski.