Unique opportunity for colleges and students to harness Euro 2020 excitement

As The FA’s further education partner, AoC Sport is pleased to share an exceptional opportunity for member colleges to get involved in THE FA FIVES – the nation’s biggest and most inclusive small-sided football festival in 2020.

The programme replaces the FA People’s Cup and has been developed by The FA, in partnership with BBC Sport, to engage the nation in the excitement of UEFA EURO 2020 next year.

Host or support an FA FIVES Round One event

Colleges may be ideally placed to host and deliver an FA FIVES Round One event for selected participant categories over the weekend of 2 and 3 May 2020.

To become an FA FIVES Event Host, you will need to meet the requirements set out in the Guidance for FA FIVES Event Hosts document. Please read the document in full before applying to host an event at TheFA.com/THEFAFIVES

Colleges can also support or partner County FAs across the country to host or deliver a ‘flagship event’ taking place during Round One. These events will typically offer all 15 participant categories and be a key focus for BBC coverage. 

Play a key role in the delivery of an FA FIVES Regional Final event

There will be five Regional Final events held across the country on the weekend of 30 & 31 May 2020. These will be large festival style events, involving up to 200 teams across all 15 participants categories.

The location of each Regional Final event will be confirmed in November 2019 and there are significant opportunities for local Colleges to play an integral role on the Event Management Group for each Regional Final and to be recognised as the ‘Official Volunteer Provider’ of that event.

Opportunities linked to areas of academic study

This is not just an opportunity for sports departments, it is for whole colleges to harness the power of an international competition and provide their students with real experience linked to their academic study.

The aim is to provide meaningful roles and first-hand experience for students from a variety of faculties to work alongside a range of partners including: The FA, County FAs, BBC, local authorities and cultural and community partners to plan and deliver a high quality football experience and festival.

Roles could involve students from the following areas of study: Photography and film, creative arts e.g. music, dance and drama, event management, sports management, media, PR, communications and journalism, business studies e.g. marketing, workforce planning

Benefits to the college:

  • Deployment of young volunteers and youth leaders into opportunities linked to areas of academic study
  • Recognition as an official supporter of THE FA FIVES
  • Increased profile and exposure
  • Further build networks and partnerships

What to do next 

Ensure you read the Guidance for FA FIVES Event Hosts

If you are interested in delivering or supporting an FA FIVES Round One event (2 & 3 May 2020)

  • contact your County FA to confirm your interest
  • visit TheFA.com/THEFAFIVES to register your FA FIVES event before 15 November 2019

If you are interested in becoming the ‘Official Volunteer Provider’ of an FA FIVES Regional Final event (30 & 31 May 2020)

  • register your interest with THE FA FIVES Support Team by 1 November 2019 by emailing EventHost@THEFAFIVES.co.uk or call 0203 865 6972

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