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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.

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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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0800 169 1863

Aldercar High School & Community Centre

Aldercar High School and 6th Form Centre is an important resource for all the community, providing an excellent service not only to students, but also to the wider community it serves.

Mickleover Country Park FC

Provide grass roots football training to children in the local community, currently we have four football teams and run a training school for 5-8 year olds

Howitt Primary Community School

Howitt is a larger than average Primary School with approximately 400 pupils. We are lucky to have our own purpose built Nursery so that children can learn here from an early age. In main school, there are 2 classes for each year group.

PfP Leisure

Not-for-profit organisation provided leisure facilities to clients across the country including local authorities. Manage over 120 leisure centres in England.

Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking Football is perfect for people who have injuries or who are over 50 and want the same feel as a real football game however less fast paced.

Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking Football is perfect for people who have injuries or who are over 50 and want the same feel as a real football game however less fast paced. Weekly session.

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.

Development Manager - Girls Football Programme

Excited by the power of sport to energise young people you are looking for a leadership role where your knowledge of girl’s sport and project management expertise can make a difference. Look no further than this Development Manager role with the Youth Sport Trust.

Head of Technology Transformation

A strategic visionary thinker, you are expert in technology procurement and implementing technology change programmes. Now you are looking for an opportunity that will make the most of your talents and enable you to make a real difference in a high-profile organisation.

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.

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.