For Teenagers & Young Adults

For Teenagers & Young Adults

A page for players aged 12-17 years old ⚽

This page is home to all of our information and guidance to help you enjoy your football and stay safe.

Firstly, please meet our Safeguarding Team below.

You can contact any member of our team if you have feedback about your football experience, or if you want to report a problem. They're here to make sure football is safe and enjoyable for all.

Shantell Woodward - Designated Safeguarding Officer


Phone: 01256 853012

Michelle Saunders - Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead


Phone: 01256 853022

Melanie Gill - Senior Safeguarding Lead


Phone: 07885807321

Jackie Binnington - Safeguarding Administrator


Phone: 01256 853014

Get in Touch

Opening times to contact our Safeguarding Team: 9am-5pm (Monday-Friday)

If your problem is urgent and you cannot contact your club or the Hampshire FA Designated Safeguarding Officer (Shantell Woodward - 01256 853012), you should contact any of the following:

Hampshire FA Football Academy Programme

Educational Programme for 16-18 Year-Olds Leaving School

📅 New academic year starts this September 2023

⚽ Train and play football at Stoneham Lane Football Complex

👨‍🎓 Study a free, full-time education

If you're passionate about football and looking for a future career in sport, take a look at our Academy Programme.

Benefit from outstanding teaching from SCL Education, top-class coaching from an FA coach and compete in the SCL Development League.

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Get into Refereeing or Coaching

From the age of 14, you can take on extra roles in grassroots football...

FA Grassroots Referees

Get into Refereeing

Young people from the age of 14 can become a referee. Find out how.
England Football Learning

Get into Coaching

Young people from the age of 16 can undertake their coaching qualifications. Find out how.

Top Tip For Anyone Who Wants to be a Coach:

Before you can enrol in a coaching qualification, you must complete The FA Playmaker course.

This is a free online course that anyone aged 14+ can complete. So, even if you're not sure if you want to be a coach or not, it's a great introduction and might help you decide if you want to look further into coaching in the future.

If it's refereeing you're interested in, try the free, online Laws of the Game Guide here.

Staying Safe Online

Information and guidance for staying safe on the internet and social media, including details on how you can report different problems.

Havant and East Hants Mind - Crisis Line 0300 303 1590
Information & Support

Mental Health

If you're struggling with how you're feeling, it can be really scary and upsetting.

Playing sport like football can be a brilliant way of maintaining good health and well-being, not just physically, but mentally as well.

Even so, it's really important that you know where you can go for help.

  • You can click the first button below to find loads of great information and support from the charity, Mind, who specialise in mental health.
  • You can speak to, or even visit, our partners at Havant and East Hants Mind. We work very closely with the team here and they have a great understanding of mental health issues that our young footballers can struggle with. Click the second button below for more information.
  • Call the Havant and East Hants Mind 'Crisis Line' (Mon-Thu 3pm-8:30pm): 0300 303 1590
  • You can contact any member of our Safeguarding Team above and they will point you towards the best support.

If you have a problem or feel unsafe there are a number of different people who you can go to for help.

1. A parent, a coach, or any adult that you trust

If there is an adult that you trust, you can tell them any problems that you are having. You can also show them the contact details below so they know other people who can help.

 2. Your Club Welfare Officer

Your football team has a Club Welfare Officer who is trained to help keep all children in the club safe and make sure that you are enjoying your football with the club. If you have any problems, you can go to them and they will help. If you don't know who this person is, you can find out by asking a parent, a coach or manager, or anyone else involved in the club.

3. The Hampshire FA Safeguarding Team

Hampshire FA have a safeguarding team to make sure that all children involved in football across Hampshire are safe and enjoy their football. You can go to any person in the team below with a problem and trust them. They are here to help you.

Melanie Gill

Melanie Gill - Designated Safeguarding Officer


Phone: 07885807321

Jackie Binnington

Jackie Binnington - Safeguarding Administrator


Neil Cassar

Neil Cassar - Senior Safeguarding Lead


Darren Parker

Darren Parker - Deputy Senior Safeguarding Lead


4. The FA Safeguarding Team

The FA also have a safeguarding team. If you would prefer to speak to them, call 0800 169 1863 and ask for the safeguarding team or email


What if I can't reach any of those people or I don't want to go to them for help?

If you can't contact any of the people above and you feel unsafe, you can call the NSPCC - 0808 800 5000

If your problem is an emergency, call the police - 999

A page for all players aged 12-18.

  • To let us know how football can be more enjoyable and report any problems
  • To learn more about physical and mental well-being and people who can help
  • To take part in fun football activities
  • To find information about the different opportunities there are to get involved in football