Pete Ackerley, FA Senior National Game Development Manager: Pete Ackerley

The Football Association is really excited about the new ECFA Football Development Quality Framework for colleges. The framework will play a key role in raising standards across the FE sector, through supporting colleges to be measured and innovative in  their offer of creating football opportunities. A key priority for The FA is to ensure Football for Everyone  and that they can access consistent and high quality opportunities within football and we are delighted to see the FE sector raising the bar even higher and making a difference in how we can jointly support young people to enjoy a lifelong involvement in the game

Donna McIvor, FA National Football Development Manager (Education): Donna McIvor

Collaboration amongst Further Education Colleges and Community Partners such as County FAs is an integral part of the developing local Children and Young People football partnerships. The ECFA Football Development Quality Framework provides a firm foundation for partnerships to flourish and to help create sustainable opportunities for young people.”

John Hole, British Colleges Sport Chief Executive: John Hole

"The new ECFA Football Development Quality Framework for Colleges will ensure that the sector is aware and understands what Quality is in football development. It will enable Colleges to deliver quality to students and the local football community using different ways to suit the needs and resources of each individual College."


Les Howie, FA Head of Grassroots Coaching: Les Howie

"FE Colleges play a vital role in positively influencing young people to become the next generation of coaches.
The new framework will help drive an increased consistency and quality of coach development models that colleges deliver, with a particular focus on better preparing young coaches to support grassroots clubs."


Katie Mitchell, Sport England, Head of Further Education: Katie Mitchell

"Sport England fully support the new ECFA Football Development Quality Framework and hope that its creation will encourage colleges across the country to consider and improve their footballing offer.  The framework articulates to college professionals what quality looks like across the different aspects of football development and provides an opportunity for colleges to share ideas and good practice. Improving the quality of football provision within colleges will lead to more students getting the opportunity to take part, enjoy and stay in the game."

Karl Lines, English Colleges Football Association, Chief Executive: Karl Lines

“One of the most amazing things about the FE sector is the different ways in which colleges deliver success for their students. No more so than in football, where we’ve seen a range of different programmes being delivered to date across four main themes: Participation, Leadership, Player Development and Coaching. Whatever stage a college is at with developing their programme, we all benefit from a little inspiration from time to time. This new framework will inspire and support staff delivering across these four themes to connect with ideas, connect with each other and innovate with the main purpose being to enable young people to achieve a high quality experience through football.” 

Clare Howard, AoC Head of Sport Strategy: Clare Howard

"The Association of Colleges is delighted to support the new ECFA Football Development Quality Framework.   This initiative provides vital tools to support sport in Colleges, and will help staff connect with each other, share ideas and learn from the excellent practice that takes place across the country.  I would like to congratulate the ECFA and the College staff who have worked hard to create the framework, and we hope to support other sports to explore how they might use the example set by football."