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The FA’s Parklife Football Hubs Programme Arrives in Sheffield


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 04 Nov 2016   Posted by Malcolm Cox

After many years of fending off criticism about their approach to grassroots football in England, the FA’s biggest initiative to date made a huge splash in the press this week. The Parklife Football Hubs Programme arrived in Sheffield - the home of football - and it was welcomed across South Yorkshire...

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What Is the Football Foundation’s ‘Grow the Game Initiative’?


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 27 Oct 2016   Posted by Malcolm Cox

One of the biggest mysteries in English grassroots football is: Where does all of the money the FA claims to spend end up? We’re constantly being told that investment by the super-rich Premier League and Football Association is at record levels, yet participation levels continue to fall and local...

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Has Football in England Really Kicked Racism Out?


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 20 Oct 2016   Posted by Malcolm Cox

Several high-profile figures within football have been congratulating the English game for kicking out racism in recent years. We’re constantly being told that we are a million miles away from the racism and hooliganism that blighted football in England throughout the 80s. But just how far have...

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Why Football Needs More Female Referees


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 14 Oct 2016   Posted by Malcolm Cox

Ladies’ football in England is currently riding the crest of a wave. The incredible performance in the last Women’s World Cup, the growing popularity of the Women’s Super League and a string of endorsements and TV deals has given the game a much bigger profile during the last few years. At...

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