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August 29, 2012
The Football Futures programme in Cumberland recently gave one young leader from the county the opportunity to attend The FA’s prestigious National Football Futures Camp.
John Easton (far left) was chosen to represent the County following his volunteer work with Harraby Catholic Under 16’s.
John travelled south last month to Hereford for the camp. The camp brought together 100 young leaders from across the country for a week to experience and learn different areas of football. A new addition this year was the opportunity for young leaders to receive specialist training in Coaching, Refereeing or developing Football.
The young leaders got the chance to participate in a variety of generic workshops ranging from Futsal to Media to Football Development before focusing on their chosen specialist subject later in the week. This allowed them to gain some insightful knowledge in the area that interests them the most.
John started volunteering when he was 14 giving him plenty of opportunities to gain experience and develop as a young leader. John’s chosen path initially was coaching which gave him the chance to work with Carlisle United FC which has now led to a football coaching apprenticeship.
As well as coaching, John has supported County FA events as a young leader, but following The FA National Football Camp John says “Thanks to the National Camp I feel more confident and inspired to try and make a difference in my county. The theme for camp was legacy (how can you leave a legacy?) so now I have many ideas in ways I can help develop this county for other young leaders like myself and leave a legacy. I can be proud off.”
John continues “The best part of camp for me personally was the media workshop as this is a side to football I hadn't really seen before, within this workshop we had to construct a 3 minute light hearted presentation."
John continues “The camp is a once in a lifetime experience and I would say to anyone who gets the opportunity to attend, do so!!! I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Cumberland FA for giving me the chance to attend the national camp; it will be a week in my life I will never forget!”
The Football Futures programme in the County offers young leaders from clubs and schools the chance to get additional support to develop as well as receive opportunities to gain experience in various aspects of football. Young Leaders signed up to the county programme can volunteer in coaching schemes, support festivals and gain qualifications throughout the season.
Season 2012/13 will see a revamp of the scheme with an induction evening taking place in two venues of the county to bring together interested young leaders (new and existing) to help shape the programme for the coming year.
For more information on the programme, please contact Helen.Aitchison@CumberlandFA.com or phone 01900 872310.