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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.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863

Malvern Vale Football Club

Adult non-league Football Club, based in Malvern, currently providing both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning open aged competitive football.

Dream Chaser Youth Club

DCYC established in 2016 by Ms Asha Ali Rage, a Somali mother with a group of disadvantage children at Small Heath leisure center, she provides football, netball and basketball session every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, she is trained and qualified coach &

Street League

At Street League you will play sport every day and learn the key skills to get a job and get paid. So what are you waiting for?

AU Sport & Education

A sports coaching partnership offering school sport provision, specialist cricket coaching and school holiday sports.

Bewdley Town FC

Bewdley Town FC is a community football club catering for all abilities from Youth to Seniors.

Leagues4you

We provide professionally run leagues for people who want to play their chosen sport competitively (but not too competitively!) and without hassle. You can play sport, keep fit, socialise with your friends and have a huge amount of fun in the process!

Nunnery Wood Sports Complex

Nunnery Wood Sports Complex is located to the rear of Nunnery Wood High School off Spetchley Road. The site benefits from leafy surroundings, being adjacent to both the Nunnery Woods themselves, and Worcester Countryside Centre.

Only Girls Allowed - Dines Green

Only Girls Allowed - Dines Green

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed - Sixways Stadium

Only Girls Allowed - Sixways Stadium

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Only Girls Allowed

Only Girls Allowed

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Family Play Here

Family Play Here

Slap on the suncream, pack up a picnic and bring the family down to your local park where the WFDC Summer Activity Leaders will be on hand to entertain you all with sports, games, activities, arts and crafts.

Family Play Here

Family Play Here

Slap on the suncream, pack up a picnic and bring the family down to your local park where the WFDC Summer Activity Leaders will be on hand to entertain you all with sports, games, activities, arts and crafts.

Family Play Here

Family Play Here

Slap on the suncream, pack up a picnic and bring the family down to your local park where the WFDC Summer Activity Leaders will be on hand to entertain you all with sports, games, activities, arts and crafts.

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Only Girls Allowed - Kidderminster

Bringing girls and women of all ages together, giving you the confidence to join in new sports and exercise within the local area.

Family Play Here

Family Play Here

Slap on the suncream, pack up a picnic and bring the family down to your local park where the WFDC Summer Activity Leaders will be on hand to entertain you all with sports, games, activities, arts and crafts.

Family Play Here

Family Play Here

Slap on the suncream, pack up a picnic and bring the family down to your local park where the WFDC Summer Activity Leaders will be on hand to entertain you all with sports, games, activities, arts and crafts.

Acocks Green Saturday Football Centre

Acocks Green Saturday Football Centre

Vision Sports Academy CIC - OFSTED Registered.
Weekly fun football sessions in a learning environment.
Fully qualified and DBS cleared coaches.

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.