FA launches Your Kids Your Say roadshow

The English FA is calling on the grassroots football community to attend a series of roadshow events on the future of youth football... and that means you!

When we outlined the FA’s proposals for youth football back in February, a fantastic debate on the plans ensued here at Club Website and the FA was listening.

Nick Levett is the man responsible for drafting the proposals and, having talked Club Website through the plans before we outlined them to you, the FA’s National Development Manager for Youth & Mini Soccer has been keeping a keen eye on the repsonse.

"We would like to thank our friends at Club Website for providing an avenue for a debate on some of the very important youth football matters that are hot topics at the moment," said Levett.

"I have been closely following the comments posted regularly to ensure the FA listen to all of the views, and are delighted to see the majority of these are in favour of developments to children's football.

"It's the start of an exciting period in youth football and the biggest progression since Mini Soccer was introduced in 1999.

"We will be embarking on a nationwide tour of regions to widen our consultation and look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at each of the events."

The Your Kids Your Say roadshow will visit 16 towns and cities from eight regions across the country between May and September - full details below - and will be hosted by Levett and Les Howie, the FA's Head of Grassroots Coaching.

Each event will begin at 6pm with food and refreshments for an hour allowing attendees to network with other attendees from across the region, before the presentation and consultation begins at 7pm. Events are scheduled to finish at 9.15pm.

The FA would like as many representatives from the country’s grassroots football workforce to attend so, whether you are a club or league secretary, chairman, club volunteer, schools football representative or coach, they would like to see you there.

Here at Club Website we know how much you care about this issue, so we suggest you don’t miss out on this chance to have your say directly to the people who matter.

If you would like to attended one of the FA Roadshow events, you need to download this application form and, once complete, email it to yourkidsyoursay@thefa.com.

If you plan to attend the roadshow, please email clubnews@clubwebsite.co.uk to let us know.  We'll be visiting the roadshow ourselves, so we’d like to know which events our members are attending to get your opinion on the important issues raised.

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FA Roadshow events by region

North East & Yorkshire
9 May - Nissan Sport & Social Centre, Sunderland
2 June - Bradford City FC

North West
16 May - Nantwich Town FC, Cheshire
21 Sept - Bolton Wanderers FC

East Midlands
11 May - Loughborough University
19 Sept - Nottingham University

West Midlands
7 June - Walsall FC
5 July - Stoke City FC

East
18 May - County Hotel, Chelmsford
23 June - Bar Menzies Golf Club, Cambridge

London
22 June - Wembley Stadium
14 Sept - Charlton Athletic FC

South East
25 May - Princes Park (home of Dartford FC), Kent
29 June - Rose Bowl, Southampton

South West
4 July - Aztec Hotel, Bristol
12 Sept - Exeter City FC

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