Football Futures Progamme

A Schools project Croydon, United Kingdom

Football Futures Progamme

Spiral are helping London's poorest young people shoot for their dreams with the innovative Football Futures career programme

New stretch target

Any over funding with go towards more programmes for London's poorest young people. Every £100 funds 1 young person doing our programme. With just £100, we can build the skills, confidence and aspirations young people need to craft a brighter future. 


Building the foundations for a better future for young people with football 


With 1 million NEETs (not in education, training or employment) currently in the UK, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high. Disadvantaged young Londoners are falling through the net, a product of poor access to developmental opportunities, a lack of transferable skills and limited networks to aid their transition into the workplace. Coupled with the lack of interaction between schools and employers, there’s no wonder these young people get stuck on sub bench. Apprenticeships are widespread, but with young people lacking the skills, attitudes and aspirations, these opportunities are simply being ruled offside.


Spiral turns amateurs into pros. Based in Lambeth and founded by ex-teachers and youth development experts, the Spiral team have crafted a programme to defeat youth unemployment and engage London’s most hard to reach. Specifically tailored to the needs and learning styles of young people struggling with engagement issues, the Spiral programme raises young people’s aspirations with skills focused, hands on workshops which showcase a variety of careers. With workshops on self-awareness, values and target setting, their impact on young people’s self worth is profound.


Spiral are taking their innovative career programme to the football pitch in a collaboration with Football Beyond Borders.The Football Futures programme hosts inspirational professionals from the football industry, enabling young people to sample a day in the life of a sports journalist, blogger, scout and reporter. By building work ready skills and insight, we can engage disillusioned young people in their futures.


Our £5,000 target will resource 10 inspirational workshops for 20 young people in Croydon’s Archbishop Lanfranc school, culminating in a community event celebrating the young people’s achievements. The 10 X 2 hour sessions are each followed by 2 hours of expert football coaching and personal development from the inspirational Football Beyond Borders.Hosted by inspirational professionals & designed with the needs and learning styles of our young people in mind. It's a fast paced, engaging, and intensive programme that links young people to further employment opportunities.  

Introduction to life skills

Career 1 – Football Blogging

Career 2 – Sports Data Journalism

Self awareness & values session

Career 3 – Professional Footballer

Career 4 – Football Coaching

Target setting

Career 6 – Football Scouting

Career 7 – Football Media

Celebratory Session


All our dear supporters will be kept informed of the young peoples' progress throughout the programme. Any surplus funds will go towards making the celebratory end session extra special, and fund further mentoring for young people past the programme. We are also creating a video, so you can really see the difference you have made to their lives.  

Co-Founder Joel Balkwill comments:

“Aspirations are built on passion, understanding of pathways and visible role models. With football careers young people are already halfway there. All they need is the knowledge and connections.”

Prepared for the world of work, and able to make better informed life decisions, young people can shoot for their dreams.








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