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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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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 Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

The FA Snickers Just Play!

The FA Snickers Just Play! gives the casual footballer a chance to turn up to a venue and play football.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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0800 169 1863
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.

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

Lifeline Training

Lifeline Training

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

Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Funded by the Premier League, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund awards capital grants to EFL, National League, Women's Pyramid and Welsh Premier League down to the lower levels of the FA National League System.

Football Foundation - Small Grants

Football Foundation - Small Grants

Small grants scheme offers grants of up to £25,000 for items that will help support your club from the restart and beyond. Whether you want to score your goals in style with some new goalposts or need some new maintenance machinery to keep your groundsman happy.

Club Cashback Scheme

Club Cashback Scheme

The Club Cashback Scheme is a partnership between the Foundation and Club Website to support local clubs, raise much needed funds, and ensure future sustainability within the grassroots game.

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.

Hospitality Account Executive

Job title: Hospitality Account Executive

Department: Hospitality

Contract: Fixed term 12 months contract

Hours of work: 35 hours per week (includes some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £20,000 to 24,000 + OTE per annum depending on experience

Location: Villa Park

Closing Date: Sunday 18 April 2021

Interview Date: W/C 26 April 2021

Hospitality Coordinator

Job title: Hospitality Coordinator

Department: Hospitality

Contract Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover, Up to 12 months)

Hours of work: 35 hours per week (includes some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £20,000 to £22,000 per annum depending on experience

Location: Villa Park

Closing Date: Sunday 18 April 2021

Interview Date: W/C 26 April 2021

Hospitality Telesales Executive

Job title: Hospitality Telesales Executive

Department: Hospitality

Contract: Permanent

Hours of work: 35 hours per week (includes some evenings and weekends)

Salary: £18,000 - £20,000 + OTE per annum depending on experience

Location: Villa Park

Closing Date: Sunday 18 April 2021

Interview Date: W/C 26th April 2021

Independent Director - Board Safeguarding Champion (Volunteer)

LRCFA is inviting applications to join the Board of Directors as a Safeguarding Champion. We are looking for individuals with skills and experience in safeguarding children, young people (under the age of 18) and adults at risk, who have a passion for developing grassroots football in Leicestershire & Rutland.

Chair of the EFL Trust Board of Trustees (Voluntary role)

At the EFL Trust, we are looking to recruit a new chair who will provide strategic leadership to the organisation as we embark on the next phase of our “Build Back Better” strategy.

Justine Mosley

Football Development Officer