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ECFA Committee Independent Representative

Salary: N/A (Voluntary) + travel expenses

Organisation: AoC Sport

Location: Homebased

Closing Date: 26 Aug 2022

An opportunity has arisen within AoC Sport as we recruit new members to our English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) Committee.

AoC Sport is looking for one independent representative to join the ECFA Committee to create a diverse team with an appropriate mix of skills, experience and backgrounds for a modern, strategic and dynamic advisory group. The committee will provide a voice for members and give expert advice to AoC Sport board members and staff. We are keen that the committee membership represents the rich diversity of the staff and students in the sector we serve and therefore welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates.


The ECFA Committee is one of three advisory groups to the AoC Sport Board. The membership of the committee includes:

  • Up to eight senior college members (including Chairperson and Vice Chairperson)
  • AoC Director of Sport and Student Experience (Ex Officio position)
  • Up to three independent representatives (including The Football Association)
  • Up to two young people (e.g. students, apprentices) as youth representatives (co-opted members)

Role Description for ECFA Committee Independent Representative:

The role is a voluntary non-executive member on the ECFA Committee.

Purpose of Role: To support the ECFA Chairperson and National Football Development Manager in the following:

  • Advising the AoC Sport Board on all football related matters.
  • Providing leadership and a public face of college football.
  • Monitoring delivery against strategic goals and securing FA and other investment.
  • Ensuring AoC Sport has wide stakeholder support and achieves continuous improvement in shaping and championing college football and servicing members.
  • Developing political and commercial relationships that deliver football development outcomes and support the AoC Sport vision.
  • Extending the network, influence and resources of AoC Sport in relation to college football.
  • Representing the views of all AoC Sport member colleges at committee meetings to ensure the voice of member colleges are heard.
  • Supporting the establishment of a high performing committee.
  • Advising the AoC Sport Board, The FA and other national partners on college concerns, aspirations, and ongoing developments regarding football in colleges.
  • Supporting the Chairperson, National Football Development Manager and AoC Sport executive as required.

Main duties of an ECFA Committee Independent Representative:

  • Provide expert advice and support to the Chair and National Football Development Manager through attending and actively participating in ECFA Committee meetings and other events.
  • Advise AoC Sport board on football related matters from outside of the further education space.
  • Identify where areas of collaboration might exist between ECFA and wider organisations.
  • Working with the committee to take delegated decisions within its remit.
  • Use influence, relationships and expertise to advance football.
  • With the Chair and National Football Development Manager, be an advocate for AoC Sport, act as an ambassador for college football and be a strategic influencer in the wider football ecosystem.
  • Support the National Football Development Manager in the successful delivery of a National Football Strategy for college football in line with the strategies of the FA and AoC.
  • Encourage political support and financial investment of partner agencies and others.
  • Ensure the Chairperson and National Football Development Manager are supported appropriately.

Eligibility: ECFA Committee Independent Representatives must:

  • Have knowledge of the further education space and the positive impact of football on the journey of 16-19 year olds.
  • Currently, or previously, have been an active part of the football workforce
  • Meet the requirements in the person specification

Term: Up to three years and no more than two successive terms

Time Commitment: As a minimum, preparation for and attendance at:

  • Quarterly meetings of the ECFA Committee (3 of 4 online)
  • An annual partnership event such as ECFA Cup Finals, the National Championships, the Annual Football Conference
  • Other partner meetings, events such as conferences and launches or occasional local and national meetings with the FA and key partners when required


  • Maintain contact with the Chair, National Football Development Manager and other relevant AoC staff.
  • Maintain contact with stakeholders and influencers throughout the college and sport sectors.

How to Apply for ECFA Committee Membership

Please send a CV and an election statement (maximum of 400 words) detailing why you are the right volunteer to hold a position on the ECFA Committee in light of the information provided above and in the role description, to by 5pm on Friday 26th August 2022. Please mark the subject of your email as ‘ECFA Committee Application’ when submitting your CV and statement.

Please note that your equal opportunities form will be separated from your application and will not be considered by the shortlisting panel.

If you require any further information on the committee and this voluntary role please contact Dan Greenwood, National Football Development Manager via


AoC is committed to providing equal opportunities and embracing diversity. We encourage applications from everyone and will not discriminate against any applicants on the basis of age, disability, sex, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to apply or attend any interview, please email us to let us know or contact the HR team via telephone: 020 7034 9900.