On Thursday 12th March, 13 students from Cambourne Village College completed their Junior Football Leadership Award by delivering a mini football festival for their year 7 pupils.
The award delivered as part of our Kickstart programme by County Coach Developer Jackie Bushell aims to provide the students with a basic understanding of leadership skills that may be used within the game and beyond.
The festival gave the students the opportunity to put into practice all they had learned from the course by undertaking different roles and responsibilities such as refereeing, coaching and fixture organising and they were even trusted with the use of a megaphone!
Ash Dean, Football Development Officer at Cambs FA supported the event said "It was great to see the development of the students since the beginning of the Kickstart programme and their festival went without a hitch! The benefit of them having achieved this award now means they have the chance to continue being young leaders and a stepping stone to move into further coaching or refereeing roles within local grassroots clubs".
Kickstart is a brand-new programme this season aiming to engage young people through football whilst offering a structured education package to tackle and prevent knife crime and anti-social behaviour around Cambridgeshire. The project will provide free football activities and participants will have the opportunity to gain the FA Junior Football Leaders Award and/or a FA Referee qualification, delivered by Cambridgeshire Football Association in partnership with Cambridge Constabulary.
We have sessions after school at Cambourne Village College, Witchford Village College and Sir Harry Smith in Whittlesey, we also have a Friday night session open to 14-16 years at Neale Wade in March.
For more information about how to get involved once the sessions are running again please contact Ash Dean via Ashley.Dean@CambridgeshireFA.com
CAMBRIDGESHIRE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION