Children and Young People.

The FA’s Children and Young People offer is a key part of the National Game Strategy (NGS) and aims to provide opportunities for children and young people to play or volunteer in the game whilst in full time education.

The Children & Young People (CYP) programme is predominantly coordinated by County Football Associations along with key national education partners, which include the English Schools FA (ESFA), Independent Schools FA (ISFA), English Colleges FA (ECFA), Association of Colleges (AoC), and British University & College Sport (BUCS).

Creating opportunities for children and young people to get involved in football is a key priority held by Birmingham County FA as we look to develop football for all. The focus of the FA’s is to grow the number of young people with access to an appropriate football opportunity, invest in the development of a high quality workforce (both student and staff), raise standards and help create better players. Through our dedicated team of Football Development Officers, the FA Skills Team, and Children & Young People Officers at Birmingham FA, we aim to empower children and young people to play and lead football activities through a variety of programmes and opportunities listed below.

Children & Young People Football Development Officers

Cristina Torkildsen (Birmingham) -

Michael Thurlow (Coventry, Solihull & Warwickshire) -

Luke Bowles (Black Country) -

5-11 Years Old

Secondary School

Further Education

Higher Education

Volunteering 12- 24 Year Olds


  • Mars Just Play 
  • Children and Young People Partnerships
  • Communities League
  • Community Clubs Football Holiday Camps
  • Community Sport Partnerships
  • Community Trusts

Team 16
Football Mash Up
National Programmes