LINCOLNSHIRE FA: Support for clubs, coaches, leagues and volunteers

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Hundreds of coaches and volunteers are getting support from Lincolnshire FA.

Across the county, they get full benefits of education through a series of programmes.

Workforce football development officer Chris Funnell said: “We’re supporting clubs, coaches, leagues and volunteers.

“Coaches work towards Level One or Two qualification and we run other courses as part of the Charter Standard Programme.

“There are well over 1,000 coaches across eight districts in Lincolnshire.

“We also work closely with volunteers such as secretaries, chairmen and treasurers at clubs or leagues.

“It’s all about how we recruit and retain those people by giving them support.

“My job is putting on interesting and beneficial courses and training needs to help as many people as possible through our coach education programme.

“We’ve also got the Football Futures programme for people aged 14 to 24.

“Nationally the FA have recognised there is a big deal with those aged 14-plus who have stopped playing the game for whatever reason.

“This programme can get them involved in coaching, refereeing, developing, promoting or running the game and being Respect ambassadors.

“A lot of people aged 14 to 18 rely on parents for transport.

“Two years ago we had eight people in the programme and now there are 123 so this has been our main success story.

“We work across eight districts delivering programmes and workshops with opportunities to develop.

“We also have a four-year commitment to the coach education programme where we are supporting nine young people.

“The FA Coach Mentor Programme has 50 free hours throughout the season where we support the pathway to become licensed coaches.

“As part of the Respect programme we support leagues and clubs to make football safer within our county.

“Next season there will be a group of FA staff and officers putting together more programmes.

“We also run seven categories in the FA County Awards with a panel to decide the winners who go on to regional and national events.”