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Young Sport: Your chance to shape future of football in Gloucestershire

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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YOUNG people are being offered an exciting opportunity to shape the future of local football thanks to a Gloucestershire FA initiative.

They are searching for young, passionate football volunteers between the ages of 16 and 24 to form a brand-new Gloucestershire FA Youth Council.

Would-be members of the team must be “actively engaged” in volunteering within the GFA’s county confines.

Successful applicants will play a major part in advising the GFA and key partners on what children and young adults want from local football. Members of the council will engage more youngsters in football as players and volunteers and help develop a children and young persons’ network in Gloucestershire, as well as supporting GFA staff in delivering the County Football Development Plan.

GFA football development officer Scott Milne explained: “Young people are the future of our game. They are our future players and future workforce.

“It is vital we engage and retain them from an early age to secure the future of football. The Gloucestershire FA Youth Council will act as an advisory board and representative body for children and young people aged under 25, providing them with a voice empowerment and a platform to be involved in decision-making within our county FA.

The youth council will form an integral part of the county FA and will be represented on the Gloucestershire FA Council and advise the Gloucestershire FA board.

Milne added: “We have been working hard as an organisation to put the structures in place to form a Gloucestershire FA Youth Council. As a county FA we have many young volunteers dedicating hours each week to grassroots football as coaches, referees, administrators, event organisers, website designers and many other roles.

“Over the past few months we have recognised that we need to utilise and harness the skills of our young leaders and provide a platform for them to impact football positively.”

Young people can apply for a variety of roles including that of chairperson, head of administration, head of marketing and communications, lead refereeing officer, lead projects officer and project officer, of which there are five positions available.

Members will be required to attend all Gloucestershire FA Youth Council meetings – at least four a year – and be able to deliver and attend various football events related to the role.

Enquiries and applications should be made by 5pm on Friday, January 31, via email, to scott.milne@gloucestershirefa.com or by post to: Scott Milne, Gloucestershire FA, Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4AG.

Applications received after this date cannot be considered. Full details of the role, and the many other opportunities the GFA provides for footballers and volunteers, can be found at www.gloucestershirefa.com

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