Independent Council Member
The English Schools’ FA is a membership educational charity with the primary objective of “the mental, moral and physical development and improvement of schoolchildren and students up to twenty years’ of age through the medium of Association Football”. The Association is governed by elected Trustees and a Council, volunteers from various regions across England, and is now seeking an Independent Member of Council to support the Association’s activities.
The ESFA boasts in excess of 4,300 school and college members who enter into our 40+ national football competitions each year; we operate two international teams, with players selected from English schools right across the country; our 44 County associations and a large number of district associations organise schools’ and representative football locally. We are responsible for the governance of the schools’ game and support our members to sustain and further develop their activities.
The successful candidate for this voluntary Independent Council Member role may have a sport or education background, or may simply have a passion for football, for education or for the development of young people more generally. The appointee will be able to demonstrate significant experience of operating at a strategic level; have high levels of communication and influencing skills; be able to constructively challenge; have a track record of developing and maintaining relationships; be conscious of the importance of membership, transparency and openness and be prepared to commit to a minimum of 6 weekend meetings per year. The term of office is for three years in the first instance.
The ESFA is committed to equality and diversity and as such welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly those currently underrepresented in the sport.
Interviews for the position are likely to take place in early August.