Adam Thurston – Lincolnshire FA football development officer (inclusion) - explains his roles.
Women & Girls
Girls & Goals is a recreational football programme for females aged 8-16 years with the aim of providing more opportunities across the county for female players.
Existing clubs within Lincolnshire who express an interest in developing the female game are supported by the County FA with a Girls & Goals Event.
Within my role, I work closely with the Lincolnshire Girls League to provide existing and newly generated teams with structured provision.
Lincolnshire FA co-ordinate the Lincolnshire Women’s League, the league offers flexible formats of football to support with sustaining and increasing participation within the adult female game.
The league offer consists of 11-a-side league competition, 11-a-side cup competition and a small-sided seven-a-side competition.
There are 24 affiliated disability football teams within Lincolnshire consisting of adult male, adult female and under-16s teams.
The bulk of the membership is made up of adult males who play within a structured league called The Linkage Ability Counts League.
To increase participation the Lincolnshire FA deliver a FA funded programme called the Disability Football Development Fund.
This is a national project that has seen 28 County FAs receive funding from the FA to deliver disability football to individuals 5+.
The project is to engage with individuals that have never played football, haven’t got access to a specific structure of football and/or those who played in the past and now wish to return.
The project looks to engage with 425 unique users annually.
The Talent Identification Programme is a new FA programme aimed at young players from 11-16 years old with a disability.
Lincolnshire FA were successful in obtaining a licence to run a TIP.
This provides talented young players with a local opportunity and look to progress through the disability football pathway.
Lincolnshire FA have been working with people from a variety of cultures and backgrounds with the aim of educating them around what is on offer from the County FA in relation to coaching, playing and refereeing opportunities.
This has been done by engaging players from a variety of communities to play within a small-sided 5v5 competition with an educational aspect to each day.
So far three BAME football festivals have been held across the county, engaging more than 150 players.