FAW Trust Football in Education Review
26 September 2018

FAW Trust Football in Education Review

We're launching a full review of football in education in Wales 

To kick the review off and get as many opinions and ideas as possible to help us make real change and aid us in our strategic aim of growing the game, we set-up two surveys.


We have a Young people’s view point survey, where we would appreciate your help in getting as many young people as possible to complete the survey for us.

We are encouraging parents to support primary school aged children to complete the survey with them.

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Secondly a Teachers/Lecturer Survey for anyone with a role or previous role in delivering football in education.

Or even for those who have never delivered but have a view on football and are willing to share it with us.


Both Surveys closed on October 14, 2018


After the surveys closed, the next stage was to hold four focus groups, across Wales, to discuss the future to football in education, with interested parties.

  • 9th October Sport Wales, Cardiff 18:30 – 20:30
  • 17th October Centre of Sporting Excellence, Ystrad Mynach 18:30 – 20:30
  • 23rd October Aberystwyth Football Club, 18:30 – 20:30
  • 24th October Plas Menai, Caernarfon, 18:30 – 20:30

If you are interested in directly contributing to the review and want to meet to discuss your views on football in education please don’t hesitate to contact Head of Football Development Caroline Spanton

Supporting information:

‘The 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan for Welsh Football has set challenging targets to increase the number and regularity of young people, particularly girls, playing football in addition to increasing the number of qualified and active coaches and referees. The Trust recognises that the education sector can play a significant role in providing football opportunities for young people and engaging future leaders and volunteers. However we need to ensure that we maximise the sector’s potential for high impact, whilst also understanding that it is far bigger than our capacity to deliver and support sustainable activity via direct delivery. New and innovative approaches need to be identified and adopted to foster football provision on our behalf within the education sector and connect these opportunities to our communities for longer term involvement.

We felt that it is imperative to understand fully the current football landscape within the education sector from Primary Schools through to Further and Higher Education so that we can achieve an informed approach to:-

Enhancing existing delivery and ensuring it is fit for purpose to support the future game

Support teachers and all young peoples’ needs and requirements to secure lifelong involvement in football whether as a player who wants a social and informal offer to those who want a more competitive outlet, volunteer, coach or supporter;

Understand how to develop more effective approaches to engage and inspire girls’ participation in the game. 

Connect the community to education and ensure the transitions are accessible and amenable for all to reach

Maximise partnerships and opportunities to enhance delivery according to the needs of all young people

To inform our future approach, we believe we need to gather evidence to provide a case for action and an understanding of what needs to be done by;

  • A review of existing football activity in education settings including curricular and extracurricular activity and competition structures in Primary and Secondary schools, SEN schools, Further and Higher Education and informal education providers that may have an impact in engaging young people through and into football;
  • Understanding the perceptions and experiences of both participants and influencers (pupils, student, teachers, lecturers and parents);
  • Identify strengths, limitations and opportunities and recommend actions required;
  • Design a strategic approach and actions to respond to the evidence and maximise potential.
  • Deliver a Football in Education Strategy for implementation 2019 - 2024

Therefore to support this piece of critical work we have recently commissioned Sports Structures http://www.sportstructures.com/ who are leading an independent review and engaging with key stakeholders over the forthcoming period to ascertain views, opinions and feedback to help inform our future direction.

There will be different stages to the engagement of key partners and customers including on line survey for young people and teachers, focus groups, direct contact via meetings and phone calls.

Many thanks for your support.