The Football Association is aiming to put football “at the heart of school life” with the launch of a new secondary school programme.

The free national scheme is comprised of four elements: after-school clubs, leadership and intra-school and inter-school matches.

Each element will be supported by downloadable resource packs that include lesson plan suggestions and examples of how to incorporate the sport into different subjects such as geography and RE.

Karl Lines, the association’s national children and young people’s manager for 12 to 16, says that the “essence” of the programme is to ensure that football has its place at the heart of school life. “We are fully committed to engaging with and supporting teachers so that they can use football to achieve a variety of different positive outcomes for their pupils.”

The programme starts from June 15. Visit for more details.

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