LINCOLNSHIRE FA: Football Futures has broadened my horizons

Outside the Rwandan FA
Outside the Rwandan FA

Sharing a passion for football has taken workforce co-ordinator James Cairns to help coaches in Africa.

Work with the Lincolnshire FA all started three-and-a-half years ago when he joined the Football Futures programme which rewards young people and volunteers.

Mentoring the leaders

Mentoring the leaders

James said: “My passion for coaching started when I was 15.

“Football Futures has broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to the potential paths.

“I signed up for the programme when I was at university and I had the vision of becoming a PE teacher.

“Last year I was chosen to be East Midlands regional officer of the FA Youth Council and I was also selected as one of four young ambassadors who went to Rwanda as part of the FA Changing Lives programme.

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“We went out there to mentor local coaches, meet the country’s FA plus FIFA delegates, as well as working with young coaches and schools.

“It was a short trip of just over a week and very hectic. Everywhere we went, people were friendly and so pleased to meet us.

“I’m sure people would be amazed to see how much development has happened in Rwanda – especially as the Rwandan genocide was only 20 years ago.

“I could see their passion for sport. All the villages have goals of some variety on patches of free land.

“I started my role here in January 2015 to oversee the delivery of the workforce programme with coach and 
referee education.

“With the FA’s new Coaching Pathway set to start on August 1, it’s a very busy time in my role. But the changes are incredibly positive, bringing together the Youth Modules along with the core coaching pathway to create one pathway with all the information. It’s only going to create better coaches and, as a consequence, better players.

“I always had a desire to be a PE teacher but football is my first passion.

“I started coaching when I was 14 and now I’m the under-11 manager at Lincoln City’s academy.”