The Kent FA Youth Council is designed to inspire, empower and provide a voice for all children and young people to influence change, and develop a lasting legacy in Football.
It provides a platform for young people to support youth participation in decision making in the county. The Youth Council devise and lead on their own projects throughout the year.
Some of the highlights include:
"Be a Kent..." Campaign
The Kent FA Youth Council are attempting to get more people involved in grassroots football, and have produced a series of videos to showing the different pathways available. The Youth Council decided to run this campaign in response to falling participation figures in the sport and a worrying drop-off in player numbers in the 16-19 year old age group. Click here to read the press release about this campaign.
'SWEARING - Lets Tackle It!'
Supported by members of Kent FA staff, the Youth Council collaborated with Fixers UK, a charity which supports young people across the UK to take action and change things for the better, orchestrate a campaign tackling foul and abusive language in the game. Click here to read the press release about this campaign.
2015 Football Futures Project
The Kent FA Youth Council aim to sign up 2015 young people to the Football Futures programme by this time next year. The Kent FA Football Futures programme is intended to support young people interested in volunteering in football by rewarding them for their volunteering and providing opportunities for them to receive training, gain experience and meet other young volunteers in the game. Click here to read the press release about this campaign.
Youth Council Ambassadors
The current Youth Council Ambassadors;
- Laurel Collins (Head of Youth Council)
- Aidan Willis(Head of Youth Council Projects)
- Alexander Faulkner
- Amy Nash
- Andrew Parker
- Ben Fuller
- Freya Bartlett
- Jack Girling
- Jake Fuller
- Joe Smith
- Laura Howard
- Lauren Ramsden
- Nicholas Bremer
- Sonny Adshead
- Stephen Taylor
- Tia Walby
- Toby Elgar
The award winning Youth Council enables young people in Kent to identify, discuss and consider local grassroots football issues and areas of concern that they consider important.
Former FA Director of Football Development, Sir Trevor Brooking backed the Kent FA’s decision to set up a Youth Council in the county. He said “This is a visionary move by Kent FA to seek young peoples’ views on grassroots football development”.
Brooking went onto say “A Youth Council is the ideal way to progress the game in the county. We must find out exactly what young people would like when making future decisions that could affect them. Giving young players the opportunity to contribute their views will, I hope, encourage more kids to play and also get involved as coaches, referees and volunteers.”
For further details or to discuss the Kent FA Youth Council please contact Lee Suter (Football Development Officer) on 01622 792 140 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.