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  1. Mars Just Play! Initiative Reaches a Major Milestone

    Mars Just Play! Initiative Reaches a Major Milestone
    The Premier League dominates the football industry in the UK, so it’s always nice to see community-based projects make the news. The FA Mars Just Play! Initiative recently proved that local amateur football in England is alive and well after revealing more than one million people have attended events so far. The Mars Just Play! scheme is all about the...
  2. Bad Behaviour in Grassroots Football Has Reached Epidemic Proportions

    Bad Behaviour in Grassroots Football Has Reached Epidemic Proportions
    Young referee Ryan Hampson finally gave bad behaviour at local football matches the red card this month when he led a strike in protest against the abuse being directed to match officials. The inspirational 18-year-old persuaded more than 2,000 of his colleagues to join him in his protest. For too long, referees officiating on playing fields and municipal pitches up...
  3. Can the Relaunch of the FA’s Respect Campaign Avert a Nationwide Referee Strike?

    Can the Relaunch of the FA’s Respect Campaign Avert a Nationwide Referee Strike?
    The behaviour of some players and parents in grassroots football has been a major cause of concern for many years now. But over the last decade or so, the situation at youth level seems to have become worse — despite the existence of the FA’s Respect campaign. So bad has the problem become, grassroots referees were planning to strike on...
  4. What Can Parents Do to Protect the Welfare of Children in Football?

    What Can Parents Do to Protect the Welfare of Children in Football?
    The recent revelations of abuse within every level of football have shone a light on the welfare of children and vulnerable adults within the game. It is blatantly clear that hundreds of children have been failed by the system over the years, and the responsibility rests on everyone’s shoulders — including with parents. By playing an active role in your...
  5. Pressure on FA to Reform Could Revolutionise Grassroots Football

    Pressure on FA to Reform Could Revolutionise Grassroots Football
    If a CEO or an executive board member were to deliver a bad performance, the chances are they’d be fired. If you were to fail in your most basic of duties at work, you’d probably face the axe too. So why do the faceless FA board members, who are ultimately responsible for the grassroots game in the UK, seem to...
  6. The FA Launches New Child Abuse Helpline

    The FA Launches New Child Abuse Helpline
    The sex abuse scandal that has enveloped British football in recent weeks has shone a light on how vulnerable our youngsters can be. We often entrust virtual strangers with the wellbeing and safety of our children, yet we usually know very little about the coaches and administrators who are crucial to the grassroots game. The FA and the various grassroots...
  7. Child Welfare in Football: The FA’s Safeguarding Guidelines

    Child Welfare in Football: The FA’s Safeguarding Guidelines
    In light of recent developments in relation to the sexual abuse of young footballers in the UK, it is incumbent on all coaches and football administrators to ensure their club is safeguarding the children it is responsible for. In reality, the safety and well-being of children playing the game is the responsibility of everyone. Each club, association, school and private...
  8. The Secret Crisis in Grassroots Football

    The Secret Crisis in Grassroots Football
    When the FA announced it would be spending £260m on grassroots football over the next four years, a new-found optimism trickled its way down to local clubs and associations all over England. And the Premier League’s commitment to spending £1bn on the grassroots game over the next three years simply added to the feel-good factor. So why is community-based football...
  9. The FA Launches Guide to Managing in Grassroots Football

    The FA Launches Guide to Managing in Grassroots Football
    The FA has been under increasing pressure to do more for the grassroots game in England recently. And it seems that football’s governing body is finally stepping up its efforts. The recently published ‘Guide to Managing in Grassroots Football’ aims to give amateur coaches expert guidance on how to manage clubs, players and staff. Compiled by several football experts, the...
  10. National Girls' Football Week Could Transform the Grassroots Game in England

    National Girls' Football Week Could Transform the Grassroots Game in England
    Albionfoundation.co.uk When England coach Mark Sampson took England’s women to the 2015 World Cup in Canada, his main aim was to bring back the trophy. And while his side fell just short of their primary objective, they brought back something that could be far more precious. When England’s heroes landed back in Blighty, they brought back the gift of...

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