Training Centres

2015 Training Centre application process now CLOSED!

The 2015 Training Centre application process has now closed. For any queries please contact or call 020 7423 6888.

What is a Homeless FA Training Centre?  

Homeless FA Training Centres are 6 day programmes of activity run in partnership with professional football clubs during April and May. As well as the inspirational experience of signing a contract and becoming a part of a professional football club, they include a programme of incentivised learning and deliver a leadership qualification to every participating player.




Applications to a Homeless FA Training Centre are open to all socially excluded individuals, though priority will be given to those who have experienced homelessness in the last year and who have not previously attended a Homeless FA Training Centre. Each Training Centre includes:

  • An accredited Level One Sports Leaders UK qualification
  • Football training provided by coaching staff from a professional football club
  • A VIP experience including training kit and behind the scenes access
  • A certificate of participation from the football club
  • A ‘hero’ portrait, taken in team kit (see below)


The Training Centres are a great experience and opportunity for all players, regardless of football ability. The emphasis is on personal development, both on and off the pitch. We support players to increase their self-confidence, self-esteem, and offer help to improve stress management, teach leadership and a range of other life skills.


The Training Centre Programme is the first step on the Team England ladder, with up to 24 men and up to 24 women eventually selected to form the squads. Activity for these squads includes the Homeless World Cup. Players are selected using assessment criteria in line with the Homeless FA’s vision, with particular focus on positive attitude, teamwork, commitment, interpersonal and organisational skills, and improved physical health and wellbeing.




This programme is all about personal development and we are keen to identify individuals who are intent on moving their lives forward and can benefit most from the opportunities we are able to provide. Players are not selected based on football ability and we would emphasise to anyone applying to the Training Centres that this is not a focus of our work.


Many additional opportunities are provided by our Training Centre partner clubs further to the 6-day programme of activity. These include employment, volunteering, training and further education.


Player Progression Programme 

The Player Progression programme is a fantastic opportunity for outstanding individuals who have successfully completed a Homeless FA Training Centre to support the programme going forwards by becoming a mentor or a coach. These are voluntary roles that offer past players the opportunity to continue their involvement and development with the Homeless FA.




Mentors and coaches are in attendance throughout the Training Centre programme, with their roles focusing on the encouragement and support of Training Centre players, the practical support of football club staff, and the selection of Team England. They are able to do all of this by drawing on their own experience of a Homeless FA Training Centre, and are one of the most inspirational elements of the programme for new players.


Everyone on the Player Progression programme is selected and trained by the Homeless FA.


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