Covid-19

  1. 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...
  2. 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 —...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. Covid-Safe and Socially Distanced Football Training 

    Covid-Safe and Socially Distanced Football Training 
    Grassroots football training has to be adapted in order to minimise the risk of Covid infections. Last week, we talked about non-contact football drills that minimise cross-contamination. These drills were aimed at giving each player their own ball, thus reducing the risk of call contamination. But if you’re comfortable with players sharing footballs, there are different Covid-safe drills you can...
  8. 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...
  9. 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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