Dedicated after-school sessions will be delivered by FA Youth Football Officers typically between 4:00pm till 6:00pm in a high quality football environment (5-a-side centres). The FA coach will facilitate a fun and social session where the young people will play a range of 5-a-side games, with the focus on enjoyment rather than it being excessively competitive.
Tottenham Hotspur defender, Kyle Walker and England Women’s striker Ellen White launched a new initiative from The FA aimed at tackling the football drop out of teenagers in the 14 to 17 age group.
England and Tottenham defender, Walker, who took part in a Football Mash Up session with a group of young players, said; “I really enjoyed the Football Mash Up sessions this afternoon and it is a fantastic programme aimed at keeping players in the game. No matter what level you reach there is nothing better than having a game of football with your mates and the Football Mash Up programme gives teenagers the opportunity to take control and play on their terms.”
Arsenal and England Striker Ellen White was also supporting of the programme; “It is great to see The FA launching Football Mash Up, teenagers need a fun and friendly environment to play after school with their friends and the sessions that we took part in today are really inclusive, which means boys and girls can play whatever their ability may be and I think this will really make a difference.”
14 to 17 year-olds will be able to sign up for a 10-week block of sessions, which will cater for all abilities and fitness levels. It is hoped that these sessions will inspire teenagers to get back into affiliated football in either small-sided or 11v11 formats.
For more information about The FA Youth Programme or for clarification surrounding Football Mash Up sessions, please contact the Development Department:
T: 01903 766855