Homeless FA Training Centres are 5 day programmes of activity run in partnership with professional football clubs. As well as an incredible professional footballers’ experience for all participants, they also include a programme of incentivised learning and deliver a sports leadership qualification to every player. In 2013 we delivered the scheme in partnership with Arsenal, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Derby County, Hull City, Manchester United, Norwich City, Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion.
Our Training Centres are a great experience and opportunity for all players, regardless of football ability. The emphasis is on personal development and we support all players to increase their self-confidence, self-esteem and employability, as well as offering help to improve stress management, and teach leadership and a range of other life skills.
Over the 5 days the Training Centre provides:
Many additional opportunities are provided by our Training Centre partner clubs further to the 5-day programme of activity. These include employment, volunteering, training and further education.
To achieve a place on a Training Centre players are required to complete and submit an application form. Successful players are selected using assessment criteria in line with the Homeless FA’s vision. The Training Centres are currently the first step on the Team England ladder, with 18 men and 18 women eventually selected to form the squads.
The 2013 Homeless FA Training Centre programme has now finished. The application process for the 2014 programme will be live early next year.