The Youth Council is for young people aged between 14 and 24. The Youth Council provide a voice for young people and have the opportunity to positively affect the future of football for all. The Bedfordshire FA Youth Council has representation from all areas of the game including young players, coaches, referees and volunteers.
The Bedfordshire FA Youth Council has three goals. These goals and their work/projects will work to support the Bedfordshire FA with the delivery of the National Game Strategy and the County’s Plan.
- To raise the awareness of opportunities for young people in football through Football Futures
- To sustain and grow the number of young people playing, volunteering and refereeing in football
- To support the County FA in understanding the needs of young people involved in the game
County Football Futures Camp
The Bedfordshire FA holds an annual county Football Futures Camp (2 days) which is open for any 13-24 year olds who are currently volunteering within football. The camp brings together a large group of Young Leaders from across the county to experience a series of workshops covering a variety of football themes such as Futsal, the FA Skills Programme, and refereeing.
The FA Football Futures Academy
Following the county camp, two Young Leaders - one male and one female - are selected from the attendees to represent the Bedfordshire FA at The FA’s National Football Academy (4 days). The FA National Football Futures Academy is held at St Georges Park.
National Football Futures Awards
The FA host the National Football Futures Recognition Awards ceremony every season at St George’s Park. These awards celebrate the work and achievements of Young People within grassroots football from all over the country.
The Bedfordshire FA Youth Council and members have been very successful in previous National Football Futures Recognition Awards being recognised and awarded with the following:
- County FA Youth Council Award: Winner (Bedfordshire FA Youth Council)
- Refereeing Award (Male): Winner (Jordan Cushen)
- Refereeing Award (Female): Winner (Mary Harmer)
- Football Legacy Award: Winner (Bedfordshire FA Youth Council)
- National FA Football Futures Award : Running and Developing the Game (Beatrice Thirkettle)
Kieren Laverick, Chairperson of The FA National Game Youth Council, who aim to inspire, empower and provide a voice for young people within football said:
“Events such as this can show the wide range and important impact that Young People can have within the game. This event is always a highlight of the year for me; it’s incredibly inspiring to hear the stories of our young award winners and gives me such pleasure to recognise their achievements. Their passion and commitment to develop our National Game is truly remarkable and suggests that the future of football is in safe hands.”
Bedfordshire FA is continually looking for young people to be a part of their work through the Bedfordshire FA Youth Council. If you are interested and want more to find out more about the Youth Council please contact:
Marc Di Carlo on either 01582 565111 / Marc.DiCarlo@BedfordshireFA.com
Follow the Bedfordshire FA Youth Council on Twitter: @BedsFAYC