The College of West Anglia Sports Campus, based in King’s Lynn, is to launch as an FA (Football Association) and ECFA (England College Football Association) Football Development and Referee Development Hub.
There are 23 Football Development Hubs and 10 Referee Development Hubs nationally. CWA is the only hub in the Eastern Region recognising excellence in promoting and developing football participation, coaching and officiating.
The campus, based at Alive Leisure Lynnsport, has been recognised for its outstanding work over a number of years in developing football in and around Lynn and will now work with the FA and ECFA to continue to improve opportunities for participants aged 12-25 and those who want to develop into a career in coaching or refereeing.
This status provides opportunities for CWA students and stakeholders to contribute to their personal development through volunteering and football qualifications, adding to the value of football development in West Norfolk.
The hub launched on Wednesday (May 11). The day consisted of student activator training, followed by a Team19 small sided football festival delivered by CWA students and closing with CWA’s Elite Football Programme playing Peterborough United at Alive Lynnsport.
The Football Development Hub will work in partnership with representatives from Norfolk FA, ECFA, King’s Lynn Community Football, King’s Lynn Town Football Club, King Edward VII Academy, Alive Leisure and the School Sports Partnership, where all stakeholders are committed to working together to improve football in schools through to adult provision for males, females and those with disabilities.
CWA principal and chair of the Football Development Hub David Pomfret said: “The College of West Anglia is extremely proud to be awarded Football Development Hub status and we are very excited about the opportunities it will create for our students. We look forward to working with our partners to continue to develop football in West Norfolk.”
Lauren O’Sullivan, National Football Development Manager for ECFA, said: “We look forward to continuing our work with the College of West Anglia where football in colleges looks to have a very exciting future and this project should benefit anyone looking to get involved in football in the local community.”
For more information about the Football Development Hub and how you can get involved please contact Tommy Goode, programme manager for sport, on 01553 815506 or firstname.lastname@example.org