Leicestershire FA launch grassroots football Youth Task Force

By Luke Williamson

Leicestershire and Rutland County FA (LRCFA) are looking for young people to volunteer and join the Youth Task Force.

The Task Force is for people aged between 16 and 24 who are involved within the grassroots football community.

Young people are encouraged to join LRCFA Youth Task Force like The FA Leadership Academy. Picture (The FA)

The FA wants to establish a culture involving young people in the organisation of football and hope this approach promotes better informed and more representative decision-making as well as bringing through a new generation of volunteers into the grassroots game.

Philippa Bass, LRCFA Inclusion Development Officer, said: “We are looking to relaunch something that started just before COVID-19 hit, as we know how important it is to young people and value their opinions.

“For this approach to work, it needs to be based on genuine youth-adult partnerships.

“We will promote the concepts and benefits of youth leadership and volunteering within the FA and with our football partners.”

LRCFA will deliver programmes and events led entirely by young people involved in the Task Force, demonstrating the commitment to the youth volunteer scheme.

The Task Force will meet to complete tasks throughout the season, and Philippa said: “We want them to come up with actions following an education programme with ourselves and opening up the doors to what they want to get from the programme.

“We would like it to be a consult, involve, promote and deliver programme.”

The first task for the volunteers to get involved in is the mascot competition, where children are invited to design the official county mascot.  

Philippa said: “We will consult with them on how we communicate with young people and the ideas will then come from there with their own set of goals and activities.

The application form is on Leicestershirefa.com, with the deadline on Wednesday, March 31.

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