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  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. Grow the Game 2019 is Looking for Female and Disabled Players

    Grow the Game 2019 is Looking for Female and Disabled Players
    Around a decade ago, the FA realised that it had to be proactive in order to stop falling participation levels in grassroots football. And to give the governing body its dues, it took the issue seriously. The following years were all about giving communities the facilities they deserve. As well as a series of investment initiatives aimed at improving playing...
  3. Does England’s World Cup Run Demonstrate the Country’s Grassroots Strategy is Working?

    Does England’s World Cup Run Demonstrate the Country’s Grassroots Strategy is Working?
    Regardless of what you think about England’s performances in the 2018 World Cup, there’s no doubt that this run is capturing the imagination of the country. Politicians are talking about the team in Parliament, airline captains are announcing results at 30,000 feet and throngs of fans are enjoying beer baths in open-air “World Cup zones”. There’s magic in the air...
  4. The Premier League and FA Join Forces to Save Grassroots Football

    The Premier League and FA Join Forces to Save Grassroots Football
    It’s hard to read anything about grassroots football these days without hearing about the hardship that local clubs, associations and players are being forced to endure. There’s more money in the game than ever before, yet there are still thousands of young players being forced to play on dangerously worn pitches every weekend. After several years of public pressure, the...
  5. Professional Players and Funding Form a Powerful Force for Good in Grassroots Football

    Professional Players and Funding Form a Powerful Force for Good in Grassroots Football
    Professional Players and Funding Form a Powerful Force for Good in Grassroots Football The link between the elite of English football and the grassroots game is well established — and it’s more important than ever. But strangely, it often seems like the people running English football simply don’t understand this. There’s far more to consider than just the next crop...
  6. New Kick It Out Figures Suggest Discrimination in English Football Is on the Rise

    New Kick It Out Figures Suggest Discrimination in English Football Is on the Rise
    If you’re old enough to remember English football in the early 1980s, you’ve probably witnessed overt racism aimed at black and Asian players. The likes of the late Cyrille Regis and Justin Fashanu were subjected to the most horrific abuse every Saturday afternoon — and little or nothing was ever done about it. Thank goodness that’s all a thing of...
  7. Will the FA’s New Five-Year Bans For Grassroots Football Work?

    Will the FA’s New Five-Year Bans For Grassroots Football Work?
    For far too long, grassroots match officials have been subjected to the most abhorrent abuse. On pitches and playing fields across the country, these unpaid heroes are the only people standing between successful community leagues and the total collapse of grassroots football. In order to protect the next generation of stars, and ensure they have the pathway to the big...
  8. Why Has London’s Olympic Legacy Not Reached Grassroots Football?

    Why Has London’s Olympic Legacy Not Reached Grassroots Football?
    There was a time when Boys’ Clubs in the UK were a hotbed of footballing talent. Around England, small talent hotspots would spit out an almost continuous flow of talent — much of which ended up being integral to the England national team. The likes of Huyton, Longsight and Wallsend developed some of the most talented English footballers of the...
  9. How Football Can Be Used to Tackle Childhood Obesity

    How Football Can Be Used to Tackle Childhood Obesity
    According to the NHS, a growing number of four and five-year-olds in the UK as being classified as officially obese. Nearly 10 percent of these children were classed as obese in 2016. And as children get older, the problem gets worse. A shocking 20 percent of children aged between 10 and 11 were clinically obese in 2016. There are many...
  10. Why Small-Sided Football Matches Are Important to the Development of Youngsters

    Why Small-Sided Football Matches Are Important to the Development of Youngsters
    Young children need lots of time with the ball in order to develop their touch and control. Unfortunately, there are still too many kids playing 11-a-side football on pitches that are too big. Games involving four, five or six players on each time have been shown to be much more effective at developing the skills of youngsters. Not only that...

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