Josh Stockdale Takes Lead Role on Male Participation Pathway

Cornwall FA is delighted to announce that Joshua Stockdale will now lead on football development for the entire male pathway across the county.  

After finishing university Josh joined Cornwall FA in June 2018 as a Junior Football Development Officer, where he worked across a wide range of football development projects and supported the wider business in areas such as Charter Standard, health checks, Wildcats, county events, youth leadership and many others. 

In early 2019 Josh progressed into a lead role, with the focus on the support and development of youth football alongside his addition remits. With Phil Cardew having recently retired, Josh now leads across the entire male pathway. 
Since joining Cornwall FA, Josh has also had the opportunity to work with The FA’s National Youth Council and support the development of Youth Leadership across the country. This has led to opportunities of traveling to both Cyprus and Turkey as an FA/FANYC representative for the UEFA Game Changing Project in which he worked alongside international partners from around the world.

Josh is also a coach, currently working with Newquay Youth FC, and is looking forward to starting his UEFA B in March. 

“I’m excited to build upon all of the great work that goes on across the county week in, week out,” said Josh. 

“Cornwall has a fantastic, passionate football community and it is a continued privilege to support the incredible network of our clubs, leagues and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide opportunities for everyone to play the game we all love.  

“If there is one thing I have learned from working within youth football this last year, it is the importance of people. Without our volunteers the grassroots game would not exist and that is why my primary focus has, and always will be providing on-the-ground support and adding value to our clubs and leagues through different initiatives and programs wherever I can. 

“I have worked with many amazing people throughout Cornwall over the last year and a half and I look forward to continuing this into the adult game and through recreational/flexible football formats. I have been very lucky to have had so many incredible opportunities over the last year, and I hope everything I have learned will help make a positive impact on Cornish Football going forward.”

Dawn Aberdeen, Cornwall FA Chief Executive, commented: “Cornwall FA is delighted to have been able to recruit Josh as a Junior FDO straight from university in 2018, recognising his future potential to be able to develop and grow with the company as we transitioned through a number of changes. 

“This succession planning enabled Phil Cardew to initially reduce his working hours before formally retiring and enabling Josh to succeed into the male participation lead officer role on 1 January 2020.”

If you are looking for any support, advice or opportunities in regard to any of the below, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Josh at or call 01208 262987

Charter Standard / Health Checks
Club Development & Support
Mini-Soccer & Post-16 Pathway
League Support
Walking Football
Flexible Football
New Club/Team Set Up
Funding Support
Youth Leadership