Football Futures: Young Leaders Camps & Workshops

Message from Frank Thompson, General Secretary of the Surrey Youth League.

All, The Surrey Youth League are committed to developing our players and helping them to be involved with running the game. Please see the PDF below which outlines the Football Futures Programme, this is an excellent opportunity for young people to be involved in football and also for those who are completing school or college based sport programmes to get some valuable experience in the world of football. I also enclose an application form.  The Football futures programme and the two courses below are a must for any young person wishing to add experience in the world of football to their C.V. They are both ideal precursor’s to the FA Level 1 Course and also the refereeing pathway.

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We also have two events that go hand in hand with this programme that I would advise that you book on asap as there will be plenty of interest. You do not need any previous football coaching awards or experience.

·        Surrey County FA Young Leaders Camp  (14 – 18 year olds)

Friday 12th April 2013 10am – 4pm

Winston Churchill School, Hermitage Road,Woking,GU21 8TL

Cost £10 (Please bring a packed lunch)

To book, click here. And for more information, please email To read about the Careers in Football Conference, click here.

There will be three workshops held throughout the day:

Craig Hicks, Football League Assistant Referee, has been officiating since 1999 and recent appointments include matches at Brighton, Watford and Southampton. Craig’s workshop will discuss the main principles of refereeing, offering an insight into the refereeing pathway and well as talking about the main issues the Man in the Middle has to cope with before and after the final whistle.

Futsal, a fast and more skilful version of 5-a-side football, is taking Surrey by storm with the County FA running adult and junior leagues and tournaments throughout 2013. A session on the game will be delivered by The Tesco Skills Team and will offer an introduction to Futsal through playing actual matches – so please remember to bring your trainers, as well as your best tricks and flick!
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a football journalist, reporting on some of the country’s biggest matches and interviewing some of the game’s most famous players? Alex Prior, the Surrey County FA Press Officer and former sports reporter, will talk about his time in the media and his route to breaking into the industry, where his work featured in the Daily Telegraph, and on Sky Sports News

·       Surrey Youth League Junior Football Leaders Course (12 – 16 year olds)

Thursday 30th May 2013 9.30 – 5pm

Metropolitan Police Sports Club, Imber Court, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0BT

Cost £20 (Please bring a packed lunch)

To book, e-mail with the person’s name and club to which they are attached. Or for more information please contact me at 

Course Content

Introduction to the Course
– Course content
– How to get involved in Football
– Getting involved & helping those involved to ‘get better’

Assisting Football Activity Sessions
– Creating a Safe Learning environment
– Organising games
– Introduction to the basics of Fundamentals

An introduction to Refereeing
– Preparing to referee
– Whistle techniques & and introduction to Ball In, Ball Out
– Safety of the Players and Re-starts to the Game

Helping with a Team
– Preparing for the game
– Warm-up prior to the game
– Organising and Managing players expectations

Different Football Events
– An introduction to three different formats of competition
– Using these in a practical setting

Practical Involvement: Candidates will be encouraged to participate practically to maximise their opportunities for learning (however inability to participate will not prevent successful completion of the award).