North Riding FA launch new school scheme

Steven Dorey, the new North Riding FA football development officer
Steven Dorey, the new North Riding FA football development officer

A familiar face from Scarborough is helping the North Riding FA launch a new scheme aimed at getting involved in football

Former Ayton and West Pier star Steven Dorey has been appointed as the football development officer for the North Riding FA and one of his first tasks is to help promote a new intra-school programme, Team Sixteen.

Dorey said: “The North Riding County FA would like to invite schools and colleges in the Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale area to get involved with a new intra-school football programme, TEAM SIXTEEN.

“The programme has been developed by The FA along with delivery partners The English Schools FA (ESFA) and The Independent Schools FA (ISFA) and forms The FA’s Level 1 School Games offer.

“TEAM SIXTEEN aims to engage secondary school pupils who are not currently participating in sporting activity outside of regular PE lessons.”

Dorey, who also used to manage the Scarborough Athletic under-19s team, added: “The long-term goal is then to signpost the players involved into local FA Charter Standard clubs so they can access regular football provision outside of school time.

“The programme also provides leadership opportunities for pupils, encouraging students to be placed in organising roles. We will work with you to develop a student management team who will oversee the programme and ensure good quality delivery. All aspects of the programme are peer led with support from the County FA, so students will organise their own teams, arrange their own fixtures, referee the matches and record the results.”

Each programme will have free access to Full-Time, a generic website created by The FA for leagues so all fixtures, results and league tables can be recorded and published.

Schools can deliver the programme flexibly to suit the needs of their students, so there are no requirements for teacher or facility availability. The minimum delivery requirement for each school is an eightweek programme, featuring a minimum of one round of fixtures per week and is only available for students in Years 9-11.

Dorey said: “Fixtures can be played on any facility you may have, including playgrounds, sports halls or artificial turf pitches. To get the programme started, we’ll arrange an informal tournament at your school site at a time convenient to you, with the league programme to start the following week.”

If you would like to get involved with TEAM SIXTEEN, please contact Dorey on 01642 717770 or