Team 19

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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 19 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 19.

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 19 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.

15 College & Community Football Co-ordinators (CCFCs) across the Country are now in post ready to support and develop TEAM 19. Surrey County FA’s CCFC is John O’Malley, who believes the skills the young people will learn through the project will benefit them in the wider world.

“Team 19 is a movement with student leadership at the forefront,” he said. “Not only is it providing playing opportunities for students but also volunteering opportunities that will benefit them in life.”

For more information on TEAM 19, contact Laura at laura.wallman@surreyfa.com or call 01372 384191.

You can also find out more by clicking HERE or follow TEAM 19 on Facebook

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