Football Futures Blog

Welcome to the Football Futures Blog, where our Young Leaders can showcase the fantastic work they have been doing to give themselves a platform for opportunity.

After the announcement of the Norfolk FA Youth Council, we were keen to sit down with all twelve members to get an insight of the work they have been doing, and some of their greatest achievements to date.

Ben Woodruff - Chairperson

I am currently a coach for both Tasburgh United FC U7 and the Community Sports Foundation where I have been doing voluntary coaching work. I also play for Aslacton and Great Moulton FC. It’s been great to see my U7’s group making progress week in week out this year and I’ve really enjoyed working with them! Last summer I got some really good GCSE results as well which made all the hard work I have put in totally worth it!

Tom Rampling – Marketing and Communications Officer

My main role within football is a Referee. I am a part of the Norfolk FA Centre of Referee Excellence (CORE) program. I have also been working as one of the two Youth Referee Officers for the Norfolk Combined Youth Football League this season, as well as being an active member of Horsford Youth FC committee.

I have had many rewarding moments inside football, however outside of football is when I achieved my Black Belt in Taekwando in 2013, after 7 years of hard work and dedication to achieve the belt!

Sam Woodruff – Youth Male Participation Officer

I am currently undertaking various coaching roles throughout my local football community as well playing as well, where I have enjoyed various successes such as winning the league with my local team. This is probably one of my greatest sporting achievements; however I’m really excited to give more back to football through my new role on the council.

Shannon Owen – Youth Female Participation Officer

This season I have been involved in playing football, however one of my most rewarding moments has come from coaching my U11’s girls team.  This squad were coming up against an unbeaten side in the league this season, and despite the team being set up as early as last summer, we managed to get the win.

Nade Ward – Football Futures Coach Officer

I have been involved in plenty of different roles this season, working as a Football Futures Ambassador for various events as well as coaching at Caister Roma FC. I have had some great achievements in my life both inside and outside of football, in particular earning my Level 2 coaching award.

Andy Moncur – Football Futures Referee Officer

Refereeing is something I have always had an interest in, with myself being a Level 7 Referee. I have refereed five Premier League events so far this season. Outside of football, I also play the drums which I recently achieved merit Grade 4 which I am really proud of.


Matthew Hanrahan – Deputy Chairman

I am predominantly play football but I also referee youth games as well as I find it an extremely rewarding experience. I would say that this is one of my best achievements within football, however outside of football I also teach swimming lessons – so seeing someone cover their first width was a great personal achievement for me too.

Charlotte Savage – Youth Council Support

I used to be a referee, however more recently I have taken up more coaching based roles. Last year I had the pleasure of attending the National Talent Camp at Loughborough University along with other Referees, Coaches and Officials.

Callum Kirby – Male Participation Support

This season I have been playing regularly for my local Hethersett Athletic team. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in to the new role at the Norfolk FA Youth Council, but my greatest sporting achievement would probably be gaining promotion to the top division in my league with Costessey Harriers.

Gracie East – Female Participation Support

I have strong interest in Female football, as I am currently playing for North Walsham Angels U14’s this season; however I also help coach the U11 boys at North Walsham too. I think my most rewarding moment in football was meeting football legend Sir Trevor Brooking!

Sam Hilling – Football Futures Coach Support

I am primarily a coach within football. I have built up over 250 hours of volunteering within the Norfolk FA Football Futures Program, as well as getting involved with the Norfolk FA Lidl Skills Team which has some very experienced coaches! Bring on the 500!

Harvey Newstead – Football Futures Referee Support

My main role in football is a Referee, where I am part of the Norfolk FA CORE Programme and I also like to officiate in Futsal as well. I also have voluntary roles as a referee officer at the NCYFL League and Horsford YFC. My most rewarding moment in football to date would probably be reaching 1,300 voluntary hours.

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