Team Nineteen

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With more teenagers than ever dropping out of recreational football, the FA has launched an exciting new project which will encourage thousands of 16-19 year-olds at college to enjoy the beautiful game without even having to leave the college gates.

Team Nineteen is a scheme which sees students run their own mini-leagues at college, allowing teenagers to take charge of their own fixtures during their lunch-breaks or after educational hours.

Each college will then compete online with other colleges with similar student numbers to see who is top of the league in Team Nineteen.

The project is being delivered in partnership by British Colleges Sport and The Football Association, and is supported by Sport England.

While the primary objective of Team Nineteen is to get more 16-19 year-olds involved in playing football, the scheme will support and develop core skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership that can help them to gain employment in the future.

There are 20 Children & Young People Football Development Officers (CYP FDO’s) across the Country are in post ready to support and develop Team Nineteen. Surrey County FA’s CYP FDO is Laura Wallman, who believes the skills the young people will learn through the project will benefit them in the wider world.

“Team Nineteen is a fantastic programme with student leadership at the forefront,” she said. “Not only is it providing playing opportunities for students but also volunteering opportunities that will benefit them in life by improving their communication, organisation & leadership skills.”

For more information on Team Nineteen, contact Laura at laura.wallman@surreyfa.com or call 01372 384748.

You can also find out more by clicking here or follow Team Nineteen on Facebook

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