LEAMINGTON is one of only six clubs in the Birmingham County FA area to be chosen to deliver a new ‘Football Futures’ youth leadership initiative.Football Futures is a national FA programme being delivered through County Football Associations. The project is aimed primarily at 14 - 16 year olds and identifies Young Leaders who then take the FA Junior Football Organisers' qualification. The JFO course provides an introductory insight into the principles of coaching and organising football activities, providing a first step on the coaching ladder. Young Leaders will then be rewarded for volunteering within the younger age groups of the Brakes' and Lions' junior teams. Fourteen players within the Junior Brakes and Lions teams have already enrolled on the project at Leamington FC which is scheduled to start in the New Year.
Claire Mulvenna, Football Development Officer for Birmingham County FA said "The Football Futures programme is a brand new initiative launched by The FA to develop opportunities for young leaders to volunteer in football. Working on a new programme with a forward thinking club such as Leamington FC allows us as a County FA to create successful legacy for the programme across the county and replicate the excellent work done by Leamington in other areas. The partnership between Leamington FC and Birmingham FA is allowing multiple young leaders to develop their skills and expertise across the football realm and offer them a safe environment to start their paths on the road to being a coach, referee or development officer."
Paul O’Rafferty who co-ordinates the project on behalf of Leamington FC said “There are over 1,000 clubs in the Birmingham County FA area and for Leamington FC to be chosen to be one of just six clubs to pilot this project is a reward for all of the hard work that goes on in the club and the way in which we try to do things.”
Leamington FC Community Director Guy Rippon added “We want to provide opportunities for young people not just to play football but also to develop as individuals; enhancing their CVs for university or job applications or even identifying a possible career pathway in coaching. Promoting volunteering and leadership amongst our older junior players provides role models for the younger ones to look up to and underpins the whole ethos of the club.”