Young Leaders Inspired

Leaders experienced a variety of workshops at the Football Futures Camp 2019.

The Bedfordshire FA Football Futures Camp 2019 was held at Bedfordshire FA HQ on Wednesday 13th / Thursday 14th February. This annual camp was held for young leaders 13 years and above. The two full days consisted of many different workshops which 47 of our Football Futures young leaders experienced.
Day one consisted of an icebreaker activity delivered by Youth Council members who integrated all young leaders. This was followed by a team building workshop delivered by Max Gibson from NCS Bedfordshire. The young leaders were out of their comfort zone straight away enjoying the team building activities.

A Mentoring workshop followed with the focus being how the young leaders could support each other. This was delivered by Mike Nolan (England Deaf Manager & FA Coach Mentor). Mike’s experience and knowledge gave the young leaders a great insight into mentoring and how support could be offered getting the young leaders to think about how they can connect with someone they are trying to support.

The afternoon consisted of three further workshops; the first being a Video Analysis session with Michael Malone (Luton Town FC, Academy Analyst), second being a referee leadership workshop (delivered by Harvey Newstead & Liam Giles from RA-FA Youth Council) and the third a Decision Making & Accuracy session with Mike Desborough (Bedfordshire FA Referee Development Officer).

The second day was different to the first with a lot of different areas to cover. The morning sessions consisted of a workshop on Leadership – Developing through Experience which Tim Sergeant, Bedfordshire ACC Manager. This was followed by a session focussed on Futsal which was delivered by Jose Gomes (Bedfordshire FA Football Development Officer - South) giving an insight into the exciting game of Futsal and the additional benefits to player development.

County Disability Lead Josh Spavins then delivered a Coaching & Leadership session whereby the young leaders were given the opportunity to coach players with disabilities/learning difficulties. Young Leaders were given a taste of areas of football which they may not have experienced before incorporating planning, delivery and feedback. This session was followed by another coaching session which was led by Lee Brown (FA County Coach Developer) focusing on Incorporating Philosophies into Practices.

To round off the camp Marc Di Carlo (Football Development Officer/Young Leaders Lead) encouraged all young leaders to continue they journeys being leaders and making 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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