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

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.


Football League Trust railway safety project wins two Network Rail awards

Football League Trust work improving railway safety in communities across the country has been recognised with a pair of Network Rail Partnership Awards.
The Trust’s rail safety programme was shortlisted in two categories – community engagement and safety – and saw off the competition to win both prizes.

An ongoing partnership between the Trust and Network Rail is using the power of football to educate young people about the potential dangers posed by the railway network.

Community trusts attached to 10 Football League clubs identified as being in areas most in need of rail safety education employ a winning mixture of football, fun and educational workshops to bring home the importance of staying safe on and near to railway lines.

Football League Trust project manager Aiden Couch said: “We believe that this a great collaboration between organisations that fit very well together.

“Our community trusts are uniquely placed to engage with young people in the areas where Network Rail are looking to reduce trespassing and ultimately fatalities on the tracks. This project is doing this in a fun yet challenging way and giving young people access to training and support they would not otherwise receive.”

The work between Network Rail and the club community trusts is ongoing, but results so far point to improved knowledge of rail safety and a positive response from those youngsters taking part.

Network Rail Partnership Awards recognise the help and support given by partners in delivering a better railway for Britain.