DCFA Involvement in Education
Football can be a big part in schools, colleges and universities. Whether it is part of the physical education structure or actually representing your school, college or university, inspiring children in schools helps develop the next generation of players and get them involved in the game.
Derbyshire County FA take an active approach to football in education and have a dedicated member of their football development team assigned to creating links and establishing partnerships within education. Derbyshire County FA work across Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education in different guises with a view to creating opportunities to participate, compete, lead and develop in the game. Derbyshire County FA also have a close link with Derbyshire Schools FA to help provide the competition elements of Schools Football and Schools Representative Football.
Primary Education is covered by the members of the FA Skills team who cover the county. Their job is to work predominantly with primary schools to create better opportunities for 5-11 year olds and to upskill the teaching staff around them to create a lasting legacy within the game. They will also look to work with the local FA Charter Standard Clubs in the area to provide exit routes to sign post players to. Teachers can have opportunity to educate and develop themselves through the FA PE & Coaching in Education Co-ordinator, who provides a range of training opportunities and courses.
Secondary education establishments have the opportunity to sign up to the FA Secondary Schools programme, where they can access a range of resources to develop football within the school and to use football to cover other areas of the National Curriculum. The FA Secondary Schools programme covers four different areas – Intra School Football, Inter School Football, Leadership and Volunteering and Community Football and school are encouraged to work with the County FA to develop across all four areas but can be selective in how they want to develop.