Young leaders Kick It Out in Dagenham
Essex FA, in partnership with Dagenham United, ran a Young Leaders camp during the One Game, One Community weeks of action to promote respect, equality and inclusion in the game.
On the first day of the camp, eight young leaders from the local area were run through The FA’s Junior Football Organiser Course. Designed for those aged 14-16, the course allows people to take their first steps in becoming either a coach or referee. Following this training, the leaders then delivered a junior football festival.
Throughout the second day, the leaders focused on The FA’s ‘Football For All’ ethos. After taking part in an equality workshop during the morning, the youngsters then ran a coaching session, before officiating a series of mini soccer games.
Essex FA’s Senior Football Development Officer, John Manning, said: “I was encouraged with how the young leaders took on board the theme of ‘Football For All’ and really engaged with theOne Game, One Community weeks of action. To then go and input this information on the young players involved in the festival was a real positive.”
Echoing Manning’s sentiments, Essex FA’s Football Development Officer, Nick Emery, commented: “The young leaders delivered a fantastic event and it was clear to see the enjoyment it brought to the mini-soccer players. They will all now become members of the Football Futures programme and build on their experience with Dagenham United.”
For more information on the equality work of Essex FA, please contact John Manning on 01245 393 095 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Essex FA’s Young Leaders programme, please contact Nick Emery on 01245 393 077 or via email@example.com