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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

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Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863

Bewdley Town FC

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

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?

Worcester Community Trust

Worcester Community Trust runs six Community Centres in Worcester. We have facilities available for hire for Sports Clubs from Meeting Rooms to Small Sports Halls and a 3G Synthetic Pitch. If you need a venue in Worcester please do not hesitate to contact

Halo Leisure

Halo is a registered charity and social enterprise running 20 leisure centres. We are a 'not for profit' organisation, with no shareholders. The money we make is ploughed back into the facilities. This allows us to keep costs low a

Leominster Town Football Club

Leominster Town Football Club currently provide football for all ranging from 3 years olds to adults.

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 &

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!

Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre

With an abundance of activities on offer, get the whole family involved and enjoy the fantastic facilities on offer at Droitwich Spa Leisure Centre.

Rivers Fitness Room
Exercise Studio
Squash Courts
25m Swimming Pool
4 Court Sports Hall
All Weathe

GK Icon Worcester

We are a franchise of the Goalkeeping organisation GK Icon. Based at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, we run weekly sessions focusing on ages 8-18.

Training is provided by a FA licensed and detailed specifically for the development of goalkeepers allowing th

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.

Youth Sports Club

Youth Sports Club

Come and join in with a variety of sports including football, dodgeball, basketball, handball and more.

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.

The FA Fives

12:00am - Mon 10th February, 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and The FA are keen to ensure that THE FA FIVES is not just a success as a festival of football but that it also delivers a tangible legacy.

The FA has worked with Sport England to link THE FA FIVES to Sport England’s existing Small Grants programme which provides revenue awards to support its ‘Towards an Active Nation Strategy’.

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.

Middle-Weight Graphic Designer

We have an exciting opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic Middle-Weight Graphic Designer to work within our Design team based at Villa Park. You will assist with the delivery of high-quality creative across all Club departments, working with both print and digital. You will be required to interpret creative briefs, taking projects from initial briefing through to completion.

Freelance Lead / Assistant Community Football Coach Vacancies (East Midlands)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Game On programme is an award winning sport for change programme established in 2007. We are looking to recruit committed, experienced and enthusiastic qualified coaches to join our pool of freelance coaches to deliver Game On England sessions in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire’s coalfields on behalf of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Freelance Lead / Assistant Community Football Coach Vacancies (East Midlands)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Game On programme is an award winning sport for change programme established in 2007. We are looking to recruit committed, experienced and enthusiastic qualified coaches to join our pool of freelance coaches to deliver Game On England sessions in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire’s coalfields on behalf of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

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.

Leeds United Girls Academy Chartered Physiotherapist (Evenings)

To deliver physiotherapy services to all players involved in the Girls’ Regional Talent Club. Promote and protect the health and wellbeing of all girls within the centre. Work within the Code of Conduct and Good Practice of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.