The Football Association, along with delivery partners The English Schools FA (ESFA) and The Independent Schools FA (ISFA), has launched TEAM SIXTEEN, a new intra-school football programme.
TEAM SIXTEEN aims to engage secondary school children who are not currently participating in sporting activity outside of regular physical education lessons and it also forms The FA’s Level 1 School Games offer.
The programme also provides leadership opportunities for pupils, encouraging students to be placed in organising roles.
There are three ‘Categories’ to TEAM SIXTEEN based on the number of participating schools, allowing them to deliver a programme on a scale that meets the needs of their students and makes TEAM SIXTEEN accessible to all secondary schools, regardless of teacher and facilities availability.
At category 2 and 3, the FA will provide a ‘TEAM SIXTEEN Maker’ pack for a student from within the school whose role it is to encourage his/her peers to participate in TEAM SIXTEEN, making it a programme delivered by young people, for young people.