Football Futures Camp 2017

#BedsFFCamp17 inspires the next generation of volunteers

The Bedfordshire FA Football Futures Camp 2017 was held at Bedfordshire FA HQ on Tuesday 14th/Wednesday 15th February. This annual camp was held for young leaders 13 years and above. The two full days consisted of many different workshops which 50 of our Football Futures young leaders experienced.

Day one consisted of an introduction; a ‘Football Tower’ icebreaker activity followed which integrated all young leaders, working together to achieve a common goal. This was an excellent way for everyone to get to know each other and socialise without the focus mainly being football.

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In the morning the young leaders experienced 2 sessions that were one and a half hour each: Coaching Disabled Footballers workshop delivered by Mike Nolan (England Deaf, Head Coach) and a PAN Disability/Practices Workshop delivered by Josh Spavins (Recreational Football Officer, Bedfordshire FA).

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After lunch the young leaders attended two more workshops the first being a FA Skills Workshop that focussed on coaching 5-11 year olds (delivered by Harj Singh, FA Skills Coach). The second workshop had a focus on England DNA with Butch Fazal (FA County Coach Developer) inspired the next generation of coaches on the philosophy for all England teams.

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The second day was different to the first with a lot of different areas to cover. The morning sessions consisted of a Refereeing workshop run by Mike Desborough (Referee Liaison Officer) and a Creating your DNA workshop which followed on from the England DNA workshop on Tuesday. In this workshop James Petty (NGS Manager) continued on the England DNA theme but with a twist with the young leaders coming up with their own Club philosophy.

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Before lunch Michael Malone (Luton Town FC, First Team Analyst) delivered a Video Analysis session which was enlightening for the young leaders as nearly all of the young leaders had never experienced or viewed what technologies are available to analysts in the professional and grassroots game.

The group then had the opportunity to meet Liam Irons who is a local footballer that represented Great Britain CP Team in Rio in last year’s Paralympics. This linked in well with the Disability workshop that was delivered on the Tuesday, with Liam explaining how he got involved in football at an early age and how he has continued to play both in mainstream football and for Great Britain CP team. Liam is a great role model for the young leaders and any young footballers looking to progress and participate at the highest level possible.

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The afternoon session saw the young leaders use the knowledge and experience from the Video Analysis session to create social media post and promote football in a Social Media Frenzy Festival.

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To round off the camp Marc Di Carlo (Participation & CYP Officer) shared some inspirational stories of previous young leaders from Bedfordshire and their journeys into fulltime roles within Sport and Football. In all it was a very successful two days with all our volunteers gaining essential experience in many different areas of the game.

To find out more about the Football Futures programme please contact: Marc.DiCarlo@BedfordshireFA.com

Further Football Futures Camp images and updates can be found at the Bedfordshire FA Youth Council's Twitter page @BedsFAYC and the Bedfordshire FA Facebook page

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