CEO Blog 16-17
While the focus of the media storm was firmly on the Parliamentary debate, there was a storm of a different kind on Twitter with grassroots football looking to demonstrate that the game does have lots to be positive about. This was shown as the County FA’s, including Cambridgeshire, tweeted about their work.
I saw the following areas mentioned, to name but a few:
- Participation growing in new areas and formats of the game
- Facilities being improved with FA/ Football Foundation funding
- Coaches being qualified
- Representation at local levels being widened with Youth Councils and Inclusion Advisory Groups
- Referee coverage and development
- Club support through mentoring
- Recognition for volunteers
- More Safeguarding work than any other sport
This list went on…
To highlight a couple of our own local opportunities, look no further than a varied offer for disability groups, including the chance for players to access the FA talent pathway:
The second area worth noting is Futsal, with a series of events coming up this month:
There is lots still to do at both local and national level, but it is worth highlighting that while the traditional game faces serious challenges, and acknowledging issues with governance, there have never been more opportunities for players and volunteers alike to get involved and to take part on their terms.
Until next week.