Football Futures Camp 2018

Young Leaders within Bedfordshire were inspired across a two day camp which included workshops covering all areas of football.

The Bedfordshire FA Football Futures Camp 2018 was held at Bedfordshire FA HQ on Monday 12th / Tuesday 13th February. This annual camp was held for young leaders 13 years and above. The two full days consisted of many different workshops which 37 of our Football Futures young leaders experienced.

Day one consisted of an icebreaker activity delivered by Youth Council members who 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.

In the morning the young leaders experienced a Refereeing workshop delivered by Mike Desborough (Referee Development Officer) which included decision making/accuracy and VAR.

After lunch the young leaders attended two more workshops the first being a Coaching the Foundation Phase (5-11 year olds) delivered by Steve Maker, FA Skills Lead for Bedfordshire, Berks & Bucks) incorporating The FA 4 Corner Model. 

The second workshop had a focus on Coaching the Professional Development Phase (with UEFA A content) with James Petty (Football Development Manager); a unique opportunity for Young Leaders to experience content from a high level coaching qualification.

The second day was different to the first with a lot of different areas to cover. The morning sessions consisted of a workshop on the future and opportunities in football which Tim Sergeant, Bedfordshire ACC Manager described his journey form Young Leader to Full Time roles with football. This was followed by a session focussed on England DNA which was delivered by Butch Fazal (FA County Coach Developer) giving an insight of the England DNA to the next generation of coaches.

After Lunch the Young Leaders had the pleasure to meet in person England Deaf Manager Mike Nolan, reflecting on his own timeline of opportunities within football and sport. Mike is a local coach who has had a variety of experiences within football which the Young Leaders connected with as they are at the start of their own journeys.

The afternoon consisted of two further workshops; the first being a Video Analysis session with Michael Malone (Luton Town FC, Academy Analyst) followed by a Disability / Fun Games workshop delivered by Josh Spavins (Football Development Officer/Disability Lead). Both workshops gave Young Leaders a taste of areas of football which they may not have experienced before.

To round off the camp Marc Di Carlo (Football Development Officer/Young Leaders Lead) shared some inspirational stories and journeys expressing that the Young Leaders have the potential to make a difference and a positive effect to many through the platform of 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

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