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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 Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863

Dorset Indian Tigers Ltd

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

Saints Foundation

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

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.

Special Olympics Bournemouth & District

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

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.

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

BereRegis Sports Club

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

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.

Futsal Training

Futsal Training

Learn to play futsal, a small sided game of football endorsed and recognised by UEFA and FIFA. The technical skills developed through futsal have a huge influence on the 11 a side game.

Ronaldo and Messi grew up playing Futsal.

We aim to develop creative and intelligent Futsal players through a player focused training programme including:

Skill Development
Ball Control
Support Play
Knowledge
Tactics

Training Times
U6 - U9 - Wednesday Nights 6pm-7pm
U10 - U13 - Wednesday Nights 7pm-8pm
Adults - Wednesday Nights 8pm-9pm

Otago

Otago

Falls Prevention class

COPD

COPD

A regular class for those who have COPD, helping to keep you fit and live your life

Ability Counts Youth Football

Ability Counts Youth Football

Ability counts youth football for 8-12yrs

Football Foundation - Grow the Game

1:00am - Thu 31st December, 2020

The Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation.

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.

Football Foundation - Respect Scheme

The FA and Foundation’s Respect barriers and Respect packs (made up of captains’ armbands, marshals’ bibs and Respect Signage) are available to football leagues and clubs to ensure there is good behaviour by players and parents alike in the grassroots game, with money provided by The FA and vouchers supplied by the Foundation.

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.

Budweiser Club Futures

The programme aims to help clubs become more financially sustainable and play a bigger role in their local community. This is aimed at Football Clubs (non –league clubs in steps 5-7) with funding available between £50,000 to £100,000.

Community Casual Driver

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust are looking to recruit a driver on a casual basis to transport Community participants to various locations locally and nationally.

Head Futsal and Football Coach

Seeking Head Coach for Breakfast / After School Club, Development Centre, Team Training, Futsal Fundamentals, S.E.N sessions. Nicole’s Futsal Finesse Training is looking for enthusiastic individuals to deliver quality training to engage and develop ages 2 – Adult to reach their full potential.

Nicole’s Futsal can support staff, whether a seasoned pro or just starting your coaching journey, with elite knowledge and international experience from a professional Futsal and Football background. The successful candidate joining NFFT will be recognised for high standards and will be responsible to plan and review session delivery for best practice.

Assistant Futsal & Football Coach

Seeking Assistant Coach for Breakfast / After School Club, Development Centre, Team Training, Futsal Fundamentals, S.E.N sessions. Nicole’s Futsal Finesse Training is looking for enthusiastic individuals to assist, engage and improve individuals Aged 2 - Adult to reach their full potential.

Nicole’s Futsal can support staff, whether a seasoned pro or just starting your coaching journey, with elite knowledge and international experience from a professional Futsal and Football background.

Justine Mosley

Football Development Officer