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Over 80 Clubs Attend First-Ever County Youth Football Conference

Delegates from over 80 grassroots football clubs attended Leicestershire & Rutland County FA’s first-ever Youth Football Conference at Leicester…
The conference, which was organised to engage with clubs and leagues on a number of key developments within youth football, was attended by over 180 volunteers.

The evening began with John Folwell, National Participation Manager (Youth Football), updating clubs on national priorities for youth football, which included doubling female participation by 2020, keeping boys playing for longer and creating a player centred environment.

Keith Murdoch, Leicestershire & Rutland County FA Chief Executive, followed on by discussing the rollout of Online Player Registration, before Alan Markley, Chair of Youth Committee, discussed standardising fines and deadlines in addition to asking for feedback from clubs on a number of local regulations.

Clubs were then given the opportunity to talk with some of the County FA’s partners, including Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport and Leicester City Community Trust. They were also able to discuss the Nike Partner Club programme with MDH Teamwear.

Keith Murdoch, Leicestershire & Rutland County FA Chief Executive, said: “The conference came as part of a programme of events which aim to engage the County FA with clubs and leagues to enhance its relationship with players, and it was great to see such a fantastic turn-out at King Power Stadium.

“I would like to thank John Folwell and Alan Markley for speaking at the event and Leicester City Football Club for the hospitality they showed both ourselves and the clubs on the night. I believe that if Tuesday is anything to go by, the future is looking bright for grassroots leagues and clubs in Leicestershire.”

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