This Summer marks the fourth year of a successful collaboration between Your Game and The FA which has helped over 20 young people attend the annual FA Young Leadership Camp.
This year's week-long residential camp takes place at Wolverhampton University from 12th to 16th of July and will be attended by 100 young people, ten of whom are previous Your Game participants.
The youngsters, all aged 16 and 17, will be put through their paces learning leadership and team building skills as well as football coaching, refereeing and learning the new 5-a-side game of futsal. The camp also holds the key for the young leaders to progress in grassroots football by linking them to volunteering opportunities at an FA Charter Standard Club in their local area.
Adam Leighton (right) in action at the 2009 Leadership Camp.
This year's participants will be hoping to emulate the success of former Your Game attendee, Adam Leighton, who grabbed the chance with both hands. After representing the 'Bos Vegas' team at Your Game Solent in 2008 Adam gained his FA Level 1 and 2 coaching qualifications via Your Game schemes before attending the FA camp in 2009.
Adam explained the impact of these experiences, "It's helped improve my life in a big way, not only through playing football but also the people I have met. They've inspired me to do the best I can in life and I plan on making it a good one. The camp helped me to understand that there are more young people out there getting involved in the stuff I am, as well as giving me new skills around sport which I took back to my community to help them out. I really enjoyed the experience.
"The FA Level 2 coaching badge Your Game gave me access to was amazing. I gained so much knowledge about football and met some amazing people too. Passing my Level 2 has opened up doors for me. I'm currently working as a coach with AFC Bournemouth and I'm looking for some more part-time work. I am very grateful for the support I've had in my life from Nacro and Your Game - I wouldn't be here without it."