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The FA have created a new initiative aimed at tackling the drop out from football of teenagers in the 14-17 age group.

What is The FA Football Mash Up Programme?

Over recent years, The FA has noticed a significant drop-out in football participation in the teenage audience which The FA is keen to rectify. There are a host of factors that potentially cause this drop-out, and although we cannot hope to cure all of these issues with one programme, we are looking to respond to the findings of our extensive research where young people who have dropped out of the game have told us what would actually get them back playing again. Playing more social, recreational football that is fun and enjoyable in an organised high quality setting, preferably in a 5-a-side football format is what is commonly cited by teenage boys through our research; hence the creation of the new FA Youth Programme. Similar issues have been cited by girls as part of the WSFF research.

The FA Football Mash up Programme (FMU) is an initiative that looks to deliver a range of targeted football development interventions; but the essence of the programme is to offer young teenagers (male and female inc disabled participants) who have either dropped out of football, or who are on the verge of doing so, the opportunity to play in a more social and recreational football setting with the core emphasis on having fun. These after-school sessions will be supported by trained deliverers who will not only aim to deliver quality enjoyable sessions, but to establish long-lasting sustainable after-school football provision for these teenage participants.


The philosophy of the Football Mash Up Clubs programme is to inspire and empower young people through a fun, recreational football playing opportunity that has been specifically designed for 14-16 year olds.

The FMU programme strives to nurtures the young person’s social and psychological development through the creation of a teenage specific environment that centers on the needs of the individuals.

The FMU programme seeks to instil ownership, responsibility and respect through participation and leadership supporting young people to grow in confidence and enhance self esteem via thought provoking practical sessions.

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