Youth council

Join our Youth Council

Applications now open for 16-21 year olds to gain experience and enhance your CV



We are looking for people aged 16-21 to join our new Youth Council. Applications are open with a deadline of Sunday 13th December, and you can apply using the online application form. Interested? Please read the information below and find the Role Profiles for Youth Council Member and Youth Council Leader at the bottom of the page, along with a link to the online application form.

What is the NFA Youth Council?

The NFA Youth Council will be a group of young people aged 16-21 who will work together representing young participants, and potential participants, within Northumberland FA to help ensure their views are heard and used in decision making. You will also support the delivery of Northumberland FA’s Youth Engagement Strategy and help design and develop the Youth Engagement Strategy for 2021/22 and beyond. As a group you would be working towards three objectives to support and strengthen the work of the County FA:

  • To grow & retain Football Participation (participation refers to all involvement with football, playing; coaching; refereeing; and volunteering in any capacity).
  • To create and inspire Social Action within Youth Football.
  • To increase inclusivity within football, in partnership with NFA Inclusion Advisory Group.

Ultimately though, the NFA Youth Council will be what its members make it.

What would I do in the Youth Council?

Youth Council members would initially meet monthly. Due to the pandemic, meetings will likely start online until it is safe for meetings to be held in person (arrangements can be made to help with access to a laptop and internet if required). Following an initial introductory session, the topics discussed and actions of the Youth Council would be determined by its members. Work of the Youth Council could include; organising and running a campaign to raise awareness of an issue and/or to improve the football experience for all; conducting surveys and gathering data, ideas and opinions to guide work of the County FA; running events or workshops to promote participation or help develop those involved in the game; or any other work and ideas the Youth Council.

What could I get out of being a member of the NFA Youth Council?

As a Youth Council member, you will gain valuable personal development experience in sport development, sport for development, sport governance, marketing and communication, and safeguarding in sport. You'll work collaboratively with your peers on the Council as well as NFA staff, and develop transferable skills in areas such as communication, presentation, budgeting and marketing.

There'll be opportunities for members to take part in NFA Board and Council meetings, plus informal training around applying for jobs in sport.

In addition, being a member of a County FA Youth Council is an excellent and common pathway for people joining The FA National Youth Council.


How do I apply?

Firstly, read the role profiles and the Youth Council Roles below.

Then, click the link to the online application form here and complete. In addition to details and information about, the application includes three questions:

1. In no more than 500 words, please explain your interest and motivation to join Northumberland FA's Youth Council?
2. In no more than 500 words, please explain why you believe you would be able to help fulfil the objectives of the NFA Youth Council?
3. In no more than 500 words, please provide one idea, project or campaign, that would help more people aged under 21 years old participate (play, coach, referee, and/or volunteer) in football? You can be as specific to a particular group, or as broad, as you wish. Consider: what, why, who, how, where, and when.

Tip: It might help to write answers to these on a separate document you can save and edit and then copy and paste your answers into the application form.

Good luck!


Youth Council Leader Job Role

Youth Council Member Job Role