What is Aspiring Club Coordinators?
Launched for the 2022/23 season, Aspiring Club Coordinators is a programme aimed at individuals between the ages of 16-24 who want to make a positive impact within their football club. The individuals will be tasked with three projects over the course of the season which will benefit both themselves and their club, with projects as follows:
- Environmental Sustainability
- Facilities & Investment
- What Does Your Club Need?
So far, Birmingham County FA has been immensely impressed by the commitment of the team towards completing the projects and all 12 members have received their Aspiring Club Coordinator t-shirt and are entitled to £150 worth of funding towards FA Qualifications. Read on to find out what the team have been up to.
During the first project, the Aspiring Club Coordinators were challenged to apply for up to £750 of funding towards sustainability projects for their club. This became a roaring success with the below clubs benefitting as follows:
Alvechurch: Have been approved for funding to build sustainable ‘boot bins’ at The Hayes
Bedworth United: Installing a water refill tap at the venue to reduce the waste from plastic bottles
Birmingham City Community Trust: Have applied with the intention of installing recycle bins around St Andrews stadium. They are also holding a meeting with one of their community partners ‘Veolia’ to see if they can design some bins specifically for the club
Boldmere St Michaels: Are applying as they wish to install Solar Panels in their new ‘Youth Zone’ at the stadium
Coventrians: Funding has been received and equipment ordered for sustainability project
Leamington: Have submitted an application in the hope to reduce the amount of plastic waste at the club
Solihull Moors: Have successfully applied for the GIF to install recycling bins at their venue
Solihull Sporting: Are investing in Mental Health training for their youth team qualified coaches
Southam United Minor: Application submitted for recycling bins and reusable water bottles
Stourbridge: Have successfully applied for funding to introduce reusable Stack Cups to the club on matchdays
On Tuesday 31 January, the Birmingham County FA Aspiring Club Coordinator team met to commence the second project of the ground breaking new campaign. Moving into the new year, the programme moves into the project which involves the Aspiring Club Coordinators completing PitchPower reports, leading to their parent club having the opportunity to apply through multiple streams for funding to improve the quality of their grass pitches.
Birmingham County FA Facilities & Investment Lead, Joe Robinson lead a 45 minute presentation on PitchPower and the importance of completing the reports. The team are now underway with their challenge to complete a 20 minute report on the state of the grass pitches at their club.
More to follow once the second project is complete.
How do I get involved?
You can get involved for your club in the 2023/24 season, so to find out more, please get in touch with Harley Hetherington by emailing him on Harley.Hetherington@BirminghamFA.com, or download the poster below.
To complete your application for the 2023/24 season, click here.
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