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Football is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. The beautiful game is England's national sport

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Blind Football

An Overview of Football

It's fast, skilful, fun and open to everyone. Most of us have kicked a football around at some point. One of the real beauties of the game is that it can be a sport for life. Friends and children in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Its free, fund and one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy.

The FA, the governing body of football in England, is responsible for developing and regulating the game at all levels from international football to the grassroots.

There are six international disability squads, one for each specific impairment. These squads represent England in friendly internationals as well as in European and World Championships.

Benefits

Increase endurance

  • Increase agility
  • Develop physical coordination
  • Build muscle strength
  • Players remain in constant motion, with about five miles typically run in a 90-minute, 11-a-side game, burning approximately 630 calories.

Costs

Whilst Football can be played anywhere for free wherever there is a space to play, some costs to consider when trying Football for the first time.

Ball

A football costs between £20-£60 depending on the ball. Some leisures can provide balls if a pitch is booked out.

Location
Can be free or you can book a pitch for an average £25-£50.

Involvement

Most villages have a local football team for all ages. Many English schools now provide football as part of the School curriculum.

Look out for "5 A Side" posters in your area. You'll find groups of people decide to set up their own leagues to play.

Equipment

You should consider buying decent shinpads and football boots. Most major sports retailers can provide you with information required on what will suit you best.

Facts

  • Football first appeared on the Olympic programme in Paris in 1900.
  • The German word for Football is "Fußball"

Find Football Clubs/Groups Near You

Use the search below to find local organisations near you.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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General Information
Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863
Slades Park 3G Football Pitch

Slades Park 3G Football Pitch

FIFA standard floodlit 3G football pitch in Slades Park, Bournemouth.

Diamond National Soccer Schools

Diamond National Soccer Schools

Grass roots/ elite / Traineeships in soccer coaching program for 4s - 18s

Pelhams

Pelhams

Serving the North Bournemouth area with two pools, a sanarium, large gym, aerobic studios, spin studio, Feelgood Factory and Terrace café. A great choice of classes and activities.

Branksome Centre

Branksome Centre

The Branksome Centre is a vibrant community hub located in north-east Poole.
It hosts a wide range of arts, crafts, sports, learning and social activities for all ages. The Centre also has its own Community Coffee Shop, which is open 9.00am-3.30pm Monday

BH Live

BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

AFC Bournemouth Community Sport Trust

AFC Bournemouth Community Sport Trust

The Community Sports Trust is the charitable arm of AFC Bournemouth, actively working in the local community across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

In an average week the Community Sports Trust works with 4,000 people, from children as young as one-year

BRS Coaching Academy

BRS Coaching Academy

At BRS it is our goal to inspire the next generation of young athletes, of all abilities. Using our PPA sessions in schools, football centres and Multi-sports holiday camps to encourage a healthy, positive lifestyle & most importantly nurturing a desire f

Littledown

Littledown

Set in 47 acres of parkland, with its own high ropes adventure complex, Littledown provides everything to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get active. It’s got some of the best gym, swimming and football facilities in the country.

Special Olympics Bournemouth & District

Special Olympics Bournemouth & District

We provide sports training and competition for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities.

Technical Football Centre

Technical Football Centre

TFC is an indoor football training centre, suitable for all age and abilities.
Practise passing, receiving and ball control techniques using our range of training equipment.
Practise shooting skills on the Smart Pitch & goal keeping skills in Keeper

Dexter Sports Youth Football Club

Dexter Sports Youth Football Club

We provide football coaching through our 'Little Dexters' section for four to six year old children and have teams for under sevens through to under sixteen year old footballers. We have an Ability Counts team for players with a disability and have Walkin

Longfleet Youth FC

Longfleet Youth FC

Youth football Club offering training to age groups from U3 to U18, including girls and DSActive (football for people with Down Syndrome). Team play in the Dorset Mini Soccer League, Dorset Girls League, Dorset Youth Football League and Dorset Football Le

Lifeline Training

Lifeline Training

Proving First Aid training and Qualifications to all industries, specialising in Sports and Education sector.

Wessex Coach Education

Wessex Coach Education

UK Coaching Partner Centre - delivering UK Coaching workshops including, Safeguarding & Protecting Children.
FA Centre - delivering FA Safeguarding Children Workshops

Bournemouth YMCA

Bournemouth YMCA

The Junction Sports & Leisure Centre is at the very heart of our local community, So whether it's using the Swimming Pool, the superbly equipped Cybex Gymnasium, the softplay Kidz Kingdom, available Function Room, Indoor Cycling facility, Tennis Courts,

Coach Adrian's Sports Academy

Coach Adrian's Sports Academy

Sports coaching organisation that provides after school clubs, PPA cover, CPD and sports sessions.

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd is registered to play for summer leagues, summer evening leagues and winter indoor cricket leagues.

Verwood Girls FC

Verwood Girls FC

We are a club set up for the girls of Verwood and the surrounding area. We aim to provide football to Girls of all ages and abilities, in a safe and friendly environment and to deliver age-appropriate coaching to support long- term player development all

BereRegis Sports Club

BereRegis Sports Club

Bere Regis Sports Club manages the recreation ground at Bere Regis. It also supports Bere Regis cricket and football clubs.

Milbore St Andrew Sports Club

Milbore St Andrew Sports Club

The Sports Club provides sporting, wellbeing and recreational facilities for the community including Football (U14s, U18’s Gents and now a SW Premier League Ladies team); Table tennis, Yoga, Tia Chi, Kickboxing and Fitness (including the occasional er

St. Osmund's Community Sports Centre

St. Osmund's Community Sports Centre

Sports Community centre, with facilities to cater for tennis and cricket outdoors, a 4 court sports hall + 5 a-side football, dance studio and studio hall

Dorset Mental Health Forum Sports and Social

Dorset Mental Health Forum Sports and Social

Our Sports and Social Programme is delivered by peers with their own mental health lived experience. Whether you want to meet someone 1-2-1, play football or get out in nature at our walking or gardening groups, we will help you find somewhere you fit in

Saints Foundation

Saints Foundation

Saints Foundation is an independent charity aligned to Southampton Football Club.

Dorchester Town FC

Dorchester Town FC

Dorchester Town FC run an Ability Counts football programme for people with a learning, physical, and/ or communication. The programme runs four different categories: adult male, adult female, Under 16's and U12's.

Budmouth College

Budmouth College

3G PITCH AT BUDMOUTH COLLEGE IN WEYMOUTH
This superb 3G pitch is an astroturf all weather pitch that can be hired for half or full pitch bookings to suit your 5/7 a-side football team . The pitch is kickboard free, providing free-flowing ideal condition

Barclays Community Football Fund

Barclays Community Football Fund

1:00am - Tue 31st December, 2024

Sported, a charity supporting grassroots sports groups, has partnered with Barclays to deliver a new community fund, providing grants to groups making football more accessible at the grassroots level.

Premier League Stadium Fund

Premier League Stadium Fund

The Premier League Stadium Fund awards capital grants to clubs to support improvement of their stadium facilities for players, supporters and officials. Funding is available to clubs who play in Steps 1 to 6 of the National League System, Tiers 1 to 4 of the Women’s Football Pyramid and clubs promoted into the English Football League.

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund

Not for profit organisations that are looking to refurbish their existing or develop new football facilities can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the Football Foundation's Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme.
The funding is available for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

Grassroots Football Fund

Grassroots Football Fund

Grassroots Football have teamed up with the Utilita Energy High 5 movement to launch the Grassroots Fund, providing support to grassroots clubs, leagues and volunteers who need the help.

Premier League Fans Fund

Premier League Fans Fund

A commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations that improve the relationship between fans and their clubs.

Junior Football Coach

Crowle Searchers FC are an inclusive FA Accredited football club based just outside of Worcester. We are looking for a qualified football coach to run our minis sessions each weekend. Max 2 hours per week.

Justine Mosley

Football Development Officer