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Football Leadership Programme

Hampshire FA in Partnership With Solent University

The Football Leadership Programme has been run, in partnership, with Solent University, since 2014 offering students a number of football leadership initiatives and projects. These initiatives ultimately enhance the quality of experiences and ensure pathways are in place to maximise each participants' potential to contribute to, and develop, grassroots football. 

Projects focus on a variety of areas, offering students of all ages different experiences and learning opportunities. The new programme was launched in January 2019 with initiatives related to the following pillars of The National Game. 

  • Working with Female Players
  • Working with Male Players
  • Working with Disabled Players
  • Working with Clubs and Leagues
  • Working with Coaches and Referees

"The Football Leadership Programme allows is to develop and utilise a workforce of future industry professionals and greatly increases our capacity to impact the Southampton area and beyond. At the centre of the programme, is the annual deployment of 200 students to deliver 40 projects that support football development across the National Game Strategy. Alongside this, we also work closely with foundation degree students, third year students and other sections of the University as we continually look for ways to enhance the partnership." - Chris Smith, Football Development Manager, Hampshire FA. 

Specific projects planned for the new programme include Charter Standard Development, Mental Health Provision, Community Inclusion, Youth Futsal Festival and many more.

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At the centre of the programme, is the annual deployment of 200 students to deliver 40 projects that support football development across the National Game Strategy.
- Chris Smith - Football Development Manager, Hampshire FA

Football Leadership Conference in Partnership with solent university

Football Leadership Conference 2019 

Hampshire FA helps to support the Annual Football Leadership Conference held at Solent University. Hampshire FA staff members run workshops for students taking part in the Football Leadership Programme. The last conference was held in February 2019, and included a guest talk from FA Youth Council Chairperson, FA Council member and Somerset Football Development Officer Sarah Nickless!



See photos below from the Football Leadership Conference 2019!

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