Ever since its beginnings Football Unites has organised coaching sessions in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Sheffield. We are proud of the fact that all of our coaching continues to be offered as cheaply as possible, so removing one of the key barriers to participation amongst ethnic minority young people.
The majority of our coaching is now based at the Sheffield United Academy, with four FA level 2 coaches working under the direction of head coach Luis Silva. We run sessions on five days a week at the Academy, with up to 150 young people attending the Sunday afternoon coaching programme.
Players considered up to the standard required are referred to both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday Academy coaching staff. In January 2006 three players recommended by Football Unites were playing for the United Under 16 side, whilst one player was a member of the Wednesday Under 15 squad.
A group of up to 25 players, aged between 14 and 17, are coached together three days a week as part of the projectís Positive Futures programme. This intensity of coaching time has led to dramatic improvements, both as players and young citizens, and an Under-16 team made up from this Positive Futures group is now playing in the Sheffield & District Junior Sunday league for season 2006-7.
Football Unites operates weekly sessions at local schools in Sharrow, and are involved in a number of joint initiatives with the projectís education worker in both primary and secondary schools across Sheffield.