Local Football Networks

Changes within the Lincolnshire FA development team structure have given the development team excellent opportunities to create ‘Local Football Networks’ throughout the county.

There are eight new local football networks throughout the county:

  1. North East Lincolnshire
  2. East Lindsey
  3. West Lindsey
  4. North Kesteven
  5. South Kesteven
  6. Boston and South Holland

The aim of the local football networks is to bring together and drive forward all football providers within the local area. The local football networks intend to give the districts around the county a more specific and individulised feel rather than a one plan fits all being distributed around the county. The six main aims of the local football networks are;

  • Provide a voice for football within the local area.
  • Act as a consultation platform for football within the district.
  • Raise participation levels in all areas of football.
  • Widen access opportunities for football and pursue excellence.
  • Bring together and align existing partners, prioritising targets with one joined up local action plan.
  • Share information and best practice.

The structure of the local football networks will be similar throughout the county, with membership being open to representatives of the public, private, voluntary and community sector who are engaged with affiliated football. The group will not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, disability, sexuality, age or any political or religious beliefs. Membership will be reviewed on an annual basis taking into account and being dependant on any changes in key local issues and emerging organisations who have an interest in football development. The groups' members shall be made up of individuals from the following list;

  • Lincolnshire FA - Area Delegate.
  • Lincolnshire FA - Football Development Officer.
  • Local Authority Sports Development or equivalent Officer.
  • Local Authority Service Team.
  • Referees Association.
  • Leagues.
  • Education - SSP/FE/HE.
  • Professional Club (where applicable)
  • Sport and Education Trust (where applicable)
  • Small Sided Football provider (where applicable)
  • Football Foundation Officers (where applicable)

The groups will also consist of a Chairperson that will be elected by the members; the Chairperson will serve for a definitive period of one year with the same person being able to be elected over consecvtive periods. The groups' secretary shall be the officer representing the Lincolnshire FA and therefore is responsible for taking minutes and circulating them to members.

The groups shall meet four times per year with meetings being able to be called if required at the discretion of the Chairperson. The local football networks will make decisions on a simple majority vote and in tcase of an equal vote, the Chairperson will be allowed the final casting vote.

The local football networks have been divided into North and South with each local football network being designated a specific Football Development Officer to oversee, assist and deliver the local football development plan.

If you're interested in your local football network please contact Chris Funnell for the north of the county; North Lincs, North East Lincs, East Lindsey and West Lindsey. Likewise for the south of the county please contact Linzi Hewitt; City of Lincoln, North Kesteven, South Kesteven, Boston and South Holland. You may also click from the list of local areas above to see what is being discussed and developed.

Linzi Hewitt - linzi.hewitt@lincolnshirefa.com (08449 67 07 08/ 07535 402 903)

Chris Funnell - chris.funnell@lincolnshirefa.com (08449 67 07 08/ 07904 643 943)

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