8,000 Young People deliver 250,000 hours volunteering

Young People on the Football League Trust’s National Citizen Service (NCS) programme have dedicated a Quarter of a MILLION hours making a difference in their local community

To put that into perspective, that would be the equivalent to building 9 Olympic Stadiums!

Throughout this Summer over 8,000 young people aged 15-17 went away with their local football League side to not only have the experience of a life time, but to give back their time to their local community by delivering projects that have supported the different needs and issues within their community.

On completing their first week of action packed adventure on NCS, young people are tasked with planning a social action project of their choice to deliver in their local community. During the Summer there have been some fantastic examples from the 40 organisations that the Football League Trust partner with for NCS.

Rotherham and Doncaster have raised thousands of pounds to buy new toys and equipment for their local children’s hospital, whereas Grimsby Town Community Trust, Sheffield Wednesday, and Youth Options have all redeveloped a sensory garden to benefit the less fortunate.

An NCS group from Luton Town decided to raise money to pay for Luton Town’s men’s disability team to visit Wembley stadium and receive a tour. Alex Beasley, a Luton NCS Participant said “We chose the LTFC men’s disability team because it challenged us as well as trying to make a difference to their lives. I think they had a great day out”

Every project has had a positive impact, leaving a lasting legacy that people in years to come can benefit from. Everyone involved in this Summers NCS deserve huge credit, specifically the young people who have given up their weekend and time to make a difference, changing the stereotypical perception of teenagers.

Loo Brackpool, Business Development Manager at the Football League Trust “NCS gives young people the opportunity to showcase the good work they can do as well as bringing a feel good factor to the community. What we have seen this Summer is fantastic, and the more young people put into NCS, the more they will take away from it for the future. NCS is a once in a life time opportunity for teenagers aged 15-17 and delivers a huge amount of positives”

Turning GCSEs into Goals


16-18 year old footballer? Considering college?

The Football League Trust Education & Futsal programme (FLT Futsal) presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to play futsal for Football League, Premier League and National League clubs, whilst studying towards a BTEC in Sport (worth up to three A-levels) over two years.

School leavers require four A-C GCSEs, including English and Maths, or a BTEC Level 2 to be eligible for this pioneering programme, aimed at boys and girls who have a passion for football/futsal and a desire to progress to university and work in sport.

Unlike a regular college course, the students use an online platform, allowing them to substitute a mundane traditional classroom for study within the inspirational setting of the football club – in a recent study, 89% of FLT Futsal students rated this unique learning environment as excellent compared to previous education experiences.

Reading and Sheffield United players in action during the Soccer AM Futsal Cup Final at the Copper Box Arena

Reading and Sheffield United players in action during the Soccer AM Futsal Cup Final at the Copper Box Arena


Study is supplemented by regular training sessions to develop technical, tactical and physical ability, whilst representing their club in the FLT Futsal League and other competitions, including the Soccer AM Futsal Cup.

FLT Futsal is proving a driving force in developing the world’s fastest growing sport in the UK. Future stars continue to emerge, with many players catching FA National League & England scouts’ eyes. Frequent call-ups to England Development squads are a testament to the programme’s production of talent.

The programme offers an array of exit routes, ranging from a university education – including FLT’s Community Football Coaching & Development Foundation Degree, to careers in the sports and leisure sector, both in the UK and overseas. Students have progressed to employment within their football club, whilst others have pursued Soccer Scholarships in the USA.

Places are filling up fast, so to find out which of your local professional clubs are delivering the FLT Futsal programme, and to apply visit www.fltfutsal.co.uk

FBT Become The Football League Trust’s Official Kit Sponsor

 The Football League Trust today signed an exciting new deal that sees FBT become the Trust’s official kit sponsor.

 fbt-2549-2619664_478x359The deal will also see numerous Community Trusts at Football League clubs kitted out in FBT gear over the next two years.

Mike Evans, Operations Director at the Football League Trust comments, “This is a great deal for us and our community trusts. The kit provided by FBT will free up valuable resources that will enable us to increase the work we do in the football communities.”

FBT are based in Thailand and are one of the leading sports brands in the Asian market.  The development of the company is a classic rags to riches story. They were established 62 years ago by by Mr Kamol Chokephaibulkit who started his business by sewing footballs in a temple at Sapan Leung. He learnt how to do it by repairing footballs brought by Europeans. From sewing 2-3 football per week the company has grown into one of the leading sports companies in Asia employing over 2,800 people and are still run by Mr Kamol and his family.    

Mr Monchai Chokephaibulkit, FBT’s managing director, comments. “We are excited by our new partnership with the Football LeagueScreen Shot 2015-08-25 at 21.30.10 Trust and see this very much as a joint venture.  In Thailand we do a lot of activity with our communities and were impressed by the work that the Trust does here particularly with regard to inclusion and health. In looking to establish ourselves in Europe we wanted to get into grassroots sport and integrate the brand within the community so that we have a real connection that’s means something to people. Therefore we see the Trust as a perfect fit for us.”


Mike Evans concludes, “We were impressed by the quality of kit provided by FBT and are looking forward to developing a great partnership over the next few years.”  


For more information on FBT e-mail [email protected]

Use your passion and knowledge of football and sport to get a business degree

How has your club started the season? What do you make of the pre-season wheeling and dealing in the boardroom?

ou-iain-dowie-4x3549-1966390_478x359Has your team bought well during the off season? Do you start the season with a new sponsor and a healthy bank balance?


Think you could do a better job? Why not give it a go – the BA (Hons) Business Management (Sport & Football) degree from the Open University and the Football League Trust uses football as way to teach business skills.


So why not apply your knowledge of football and sport to get a business degree? If you love the game it’s not going to seem like learning at all and you’ll get a degree that opens up a world of possibilities for your career.


The degree, which is undertaken primarily via distance learning, allows students to select specific business, management, training and sports modules to match their career ambitions with intriguing themes such as the economics of football, motivation, team effectiveness, and strategic management.


To find out more visit the Open University website.