Young Leaders at Leicester City

Young Leaders Attend Leicester City To Celebrate Youth Development Success

Leicestershire and Rutland County FA Young Leaders in attendance at Leicester City win to celebrate success in youth development.

We were delighted, alongside our partners at Leicester City Football Club, to offer the members of our Young Leaders the opportunity to attend the Leicester City vs Norwich City game on Monday, 1st April.

Leicester came from behind to get their promotion campaign back on track with a 3-1 win, with goals from Keirnan Dewsbury-Hall, Stephy Mavididi and Jamie Vardy. 

What do Young Leaders do?

Our Young Leaders provide a youth voice to the activities of Leicestershire and Rutland County FA by identifying challenges young people in sport face. This season’s Young Leaders have been focusing on three main challenge areas: 

  • Raising awareness of coaching and refereeing opportunities for young people 
  • Strengthening the transition from youth to open-age football 
  • Equality for girls in football 

They have undertaken a review of the Get into Coaching and Get into Refereeing pages on our website, creating more user-friendly content.

They promoted their work and the opportunities available to our Young People Networking event, which was held at King Power Stadium in February.  

As a result of this work, we have had 36 new expressions of interest in getting into refereeing from people under the age of 18 and six people express an interest in joining the programme next season

Young Leader at our Young People Networking Event


The group are currently in consultation with several clubs across the county, trying to build relationships between junior clubs with no open age football, and open age only clubs to foster a link to promote a smoother transition to open age football for those reaching the end of their youth football journey. 

The final project of the season will link in with Period and Puberty workshops, supporting clubs to remove potential barriers to girls playing football during puberty. As part of this project, our Young Leaders will meet with Northamptonshire FA’s Young Leaders to discuss the work they have done across the season and share best practice. 

How do I become a young leader?

If you would be interested in being part of our Young Leaders programme next season, express your interest HERE.