Volunteer helps move goalposts

Young Volunteers

Young Volunteers in Education

Award-winning Football Leadership Programme in partnership with Southampton Solent University

In 2014 a partnership was formed between Southampton Solent University and Hampshire FA which involved incorporating County FA development projects into the academic studies of the Football Studies degree. The projects are created by Hampshire FA and fit in line with our County plan, these projects are then supported and monitored by the County FA. The football studies students are allocated a project in their first year when they begin the Principles of Football Development module and continue their project work through to their second year when they complete the Applied Football Development module. This allows for the on-going development of the projects and the constant support from the student workforce means we can further support the progression of grassroots football in Hampshire.

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By Phone: 01256 853000
(8:30am - 5:15pm Monday - Friday)

By Email: Info@HampshireFA.com


Developing the grassroots game

Throughout this project it has been essential to utilise partners to further develop the workforce at the University. The key partnership in this project has been Hampshire FA; they have created over 40 projects for our students to work on and their continuous support means the students are able to experience development work first hand.

As our leadership programme has grown we have been able to increase our partnership work to include secondary schools, community clubs, small sided football centres, national charities and many more. This has been integral to the development of the leadership programme and has ensured that the representation of Southampton Solent University in the community remains very strong.

2016                                                                             2015

Chapter 1
Students from Solent University volunteered as part of Chapter 1's Doorstep sport club programme in partnership with Streetgames. The programme involved increased participation with disadvantaged communities at the heart of Southampton. The students began to  work with previously homeless clients who were engaged in a support system to prepare them for greater independence. The students set up a football tournament in April to promote the programme further, to engage with new services and promote a new football league. The event was a fantastic success with teams from all over Southampton attending. 
- Dean Ashton, Chapter 1 National Development Manager Volunteering roles
Recognition & reward


The FA's Football Futures programme is a rewards programme for young leaders aged 14-24 years. It aims to retain and train leaders through incentives and workshops across 6 themes to increase employability and career prospects.

Volunteers can sign up and submit any volunteer hours accumulated using the following link. Volunteers will be rewarded differently depending on their age and experience.

Football Futures Logo
Kyran Goverd Volunteer
"From playing to leading, I have always wanted to thrive in football, So I took every opportunity, listened to the right people and invested in myself, in faith that I would land in the right place....and I did - I am now on the National FA Youth Council!" 
- Kyran Goverd, Football Futures & Former Hampshire FA Young Persons Forum Member football leadership programme

Young volunteer faqs


More information can be found on The FA's website here

This will be dependent on role; for example if you would like to become a coach for a youth club, you will need an FA CRC as a minimum, Safeguarding and Emergency Aid qualifications are also desirable and in many cases essential in a Charter Standard youth club.

Other roles however do not require any qualifications whatsoever i.e. a Secretary (minutes, registration etc), marketing & communications officers etc.

There are lots of ways you can get involved in volunteering!

You can check out available voluntary opportunities by clicking on our 'volunteer' opportunities page which outlines all the available opportunities within clubs, leagues and partner organisations. Alternatively, our noticeboard page has all of the opportunities currently being advertised by clubs and leagues. Click here to view the opportunities, 

If you feel confident in approaching clubs and/or leagues directly, then please do so. Volunteers are always required and are very rarely turned away - volunteers are after all, a fantastic resource. Input your detail such as location, age group etc, and a list of clubs will come up with their contact details details. Introduce yourself and hopefully you'll be on your way to volunteering! Remember, any hours you do you can also get rewarded for it with The FA's Football futures programme (if you are aged 14-24). Click here to find out more including info on next steps. 

Additionally, clubs can create a free profile on Sport and Recreation UK – volunteering here and promote voluntary vacancies at the club as well. Search for voluntary opportunities on the site as well if you're keen to get started. 

Hampshire FA has a Media Projects Programme, an opportunity for students to undertake a media project on behalf of the association. Please note this is available to students undertaking a Journalism, Marketing or Media related course or unit at University. Bespoke projects are also available for University students not undertaking the above degrees or units but who have experience and knowledge in the field of Journalism, Marketing or Media (photography, videography, press releases, social media etc). For more information on this, please contact the Business Support Officer, Connor Gates

We are keen to hear from you if you are looking to volunteer with us and will no doubt have opportunities in the pipeline. Please contact us with your interest and we'll either talk you through the next steps or signpost opportunities based on your preferences.