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  1. A Guide to the FA's New Heading Guidelines

    A Guide to the FA's New Heading Guidelines
    The football world stood up and took notice when the verdict of the 2002 inquest into the death of former England striker Jeff Astle was handed down. “Death by industrial disease” was the opinion of the coroner, and for the first time ever, a legal link between heading in football and long-term brain injury was established.  Astle was just 59...
  2. Is Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Grassroots Football Enough?

    Is Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Grassroots Football Enough?
    Rishi Sunak has come out in support of grassroots football in the UK more than once since he became Chancellor. But when he made an appearance at Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub last month, there was cause for real optimism.  With more than 20 girls in attendance at Brentford FC Community Sports Trust’s new training facility, the Chancellor spoke of what...
  3. Grassroots Football Clubs May Now Be Eligible for a Free Defibrillator

    Grassroots Football Clubs May Now Be Eligible for a Free Defibrillator
    When Christian Eriksen collapsed during a Euro 2020 match last month, most people watching expected the worst. It was clear that something catastrophic was happening, yet knowing he was in the best of hands gave everyone cause for optimism.  Doctors and physios were at Eriksen’s side within seconds of his collapse. Had they not been, the happy ending that transpired...
  4. 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...
  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. Non-Contact Training for Covid-Safe Grassroots Football

    Non-Contact Training for Covid-Safe Grassroots Football
    Grassroots football is back underway in many areas of the UK after its Covid-related absence. But the situation is fluid, and future lockdowns are a very real possibility for many regions. To ensure your players are both safe and match-ready, you need to ensure training sessions are as Covid-friendly as possible. It’s important to keep abreast of Covid-related restrictions in...
  10. Grassroots Football Returns from its Covid-19 Hiatus

    Grassroots Football Returns from its Covid-19 Hiatus
    Half the world closed down at the end of March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Professional sport is already back in many countries — albeit without fans in attendance. The Premier League and the Championship were concluded behind closed doors. And although both competitions took a huge financial hit, they’ll both survive.  But the same can’t be said about hundreds...

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