Malcolm Cox

  1. How to Improve Your Shooting, Free-Kicks and Penalties

    How to Improve Your Shooting, Free-Kicks and Penalties
    Credit: [email protected] Scoring goals is what makes the beautiful game… well… beautiful. While there’s a certain beauty to a perfectly timed sliding tackle or a brave headed clearance, nothing beats the spectacle of a sweetly hit ball crashing into the back of the net.  Whatever your position, learning how to shoot effectively in all situations is crucial if you...
  2. How Big is a Size 5 Football?

    How Big is a Size 5 Football?
    Buying a new football can be an exciting experience, but it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting. Not all footballs are the same.  Take the Size 5 football, for example. It’s the professional football for under-15s and older. If you’ve ever watched a Premier League match, you have seen this ball in action.  But what is different about the...
  3. How to Maintain a Football Pitch: A Guide for Grassroots Clubs

    How to Maintain a Football Pitch: A Guide for Grassroots Clubs
    Money has never been tighter in grassroots football. Every penny counts, which makes maintaining pitches harder than ever. While you might not be responsible for the overall upkeep of the grassroots football pitch you use, you should still be aware of the basic principles involved. You can then play your part, and help to keep your pitch as healthy as...
  4. Does Technology Have an Important Role to Play in Grassroots Football?

    Does Technology Have an Important Role to Play in Grassroots Football?
    With grassroots football facing an existential crisis in the UK right now, anything that can boost participation and retention levels is welcome. Technology is already being used in the game, but until relatively recently its impact has been limited.  Fundraising But things are slowly changing. Back in 2019, a Durham-based entrepreneur created a mobile app that helps local football clubs...
  5. Grassroots Football Gets £180m Fund Following Covid-19 Crisis

    Grassroots Football Gets £180m Fund Following Covid-19 Crisis
    Grassroots football across the UK has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The UK Government’s restrictions have forced matches and training sessions to cease — for months at a time. While such restrictions were necessary, they have taken a huge toll on the finances of local leagues and clubs up and down the country.  Without a steady stream of...
  6. The Latest Covid-19 Lockdown Roadmap Rules for Grassroots Football in England

    The Latest Covid-19 Lockdown Roadmap Rules for Grassroots Football in England
    Grassroots football across the UK is back after another lengthy Covid-19 lockdown. Local teams across the country were forced to stop playing in December after infections rose considerably. But since Monday 29 March, children and amateurs across the country have been back in action — albeit outdoors only.  Outdoor sporting facilities can now open, and organised football is permitted —...
  7. How Playing Football Can Improve Your Mental Health

    How Playing Football Can Improve Your Mental Health
    The physical health benefits of football are obvious. But what we rarely hear about are the benefits related to mental health. A new study has finally proved a link between the beautiful game and mental health, and the results are exciting. Mental health is a broad spectrum of issues, many of which can be positively affected by being part of...
  8. How to Apply for a Football Foundation Grant

    How to Apply for a Football Foundation Grant
    Grassroots football clubs up and down the country are fighting for survival. A combination of a decades-long financial crisis and the COVID-19 epidemic has brought thousands of clubs to the brink of oblivion. But there is some modest help out there. The Football Foundation is issuing grants to the most desperate community football clubs — and here’s how to apply...
  9. How Has COVID-19 Affected Children’s Grassroots Football?

    How Has COVID-19 Affected Children’s Grassroots Football?
    The COVID-19 epidemic has wreaked unprecedented damage to societies around the world. At all levels of the game, football has suffered. EFL clubs require an emergency bailout, and even the Premier League has suffered severe revenue losses. While these stories make news headlines, the crisis within grassroots football has gone largely unnoticed by the UK’s media outlets. In particular, the...
  10. Covid-19: How to Train Alone During Lockdowns

    Covid-19: How to Train Alone During Lockdowns
    While a Covid-19 is on the horizon, there’s still a chance of further lockdowns over the next six months. If you’re worried about losing your competitive edge during the next lockdown, there are a few football activities you can try at home. All you need to get started is a small outdoor area such as a garden and some essential...

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