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Calling all groups using football to tackle social change!


Do you use football to tackle social change in your community?

Do you work with young people from challenging backgrounds, including young people not in education employment or training, or with long term unemployed people (i.e. not in work for over 12 months) using football?

If you have answered yes to both of these we would like to hear from you!

We have an exciting opportunity coming up to help train community football coaches who are aged 16 to 30, or who are long-term unemployed over 30.

The programme

We will be inviting groups to register their interest in applying for funding to cover the costs of Football Association (F.A.) accredited coach training at level one and two. Our aim is to create a resource of accredited community football coaches across London. We have seen many organisations use football to effectively tackle social change over the years and as a result we are looking for groups who use football to engage with young people from challenging backgrounds including those furthest from the job market – to help build up skills, confidence, self-esteem and to support participants onto a pathway to employment through the provision of accredited training.

We will cover the full costs of the F.A. accredited training to level 2 and make a contribution to your organisation to help cover the costs of supporting each individual.


Please only register your interest if you meet the following criteria:

You use football to engage people and tackle social change (groups who do not have a track record in providing football activities cannot apply)

You already provide access to F.A. accredited coaching OR can evidence a need for F.A. accredited coaches (we want coaches to reach level 2 accreditation, ideally over the course of a year).

You work with people from challenging backgrounds, including young people under 30 not in education, employment or training or with people aged 30 + who have been long term unemployed (for a period of 12 months or longer)

You are an organisation based in and working in London

Your organisation is either a constituted community organisation, charity, company limited by guarantee without share capital, charitable incorporated organisation, community interest company and is not for profit.

If you meet the eligibility criteria please register your interest by completing the form (click here to download) and sending it back to The London Community Foundation no later than 5pm on the 28th May (email or post to the office). We will then invite selected organisations to apply for funding. Please note if you have not heard back from us by the 7th July, we regret we will not be inviting you to apply for a grant.  

If you have any queries then please contact the programmes team on 0208 582 5117 or at

Published on 08 May 2014

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