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Football

Football is widely considered to be the most popular sport in the world. The beautiful game is England's national sport

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Blind Football

An Overview of Football

It's fast, skilful, fun and open to everyone. Most of us have kicked a football around at some point. One of the real beauties of the game is that it can be a sport for life. Friends and children in the park, jumpers for goalposts. Its free, fund and one of the best ways to keep fit and healthy.

The FA, the governing body of football in England, is responsible for developing and regulating the game at all levels from international football to the grassroots.

There are six international disability squads, one for each specific impairment. These squads represent England in friendly internationals as well as in European and World Championships.

Benefits

Increase endurance

  • Increase agility
  • Develop physical coordination
  • Build muscle strength
  • Players remain in constant motion, with about five miles typically run in a 90-minute, 11-a-side game, burning approximately 630 calories.

Costs

Whilst Football can be played anywhere for free wherever there is a space to play, some costs to consider when trying Football for the first time.

Ball

A football costs between £20-£60 depending on the ball. Some leisures can provide balls if a pitch is booked out.

Location
Can be free or you can book a pitch for an average £25-£50.

Involvement

Most villages have a local football team for all ages. Many English schools now provide football as part of the School curriculum.

Look out for "5 A Side" posters in your area. You'll find groups of people decide to set up their own leagues to play.

Equipment

You should consider buying decent shinpads and football boots. Most major sports retailers can provide you with information required on what will suit you best.

Facts

  • Football first appeared on the Olympic programme in Paris in 1900.
  • The German word for Football is "Fußball"

Find Football Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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General Information
Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863

Biggleswade FC

Biggleswade FC is a young and vibrant non-league football club based in Bedfordshire.

We currently have two Senior teams competing in the Spartan South Midlands Football League Premier Division (1st Team) and Bedfordshire County Football League Divisio

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

Amateur Football Alliance

The AFA is a County Football Association, affiliated to the Football Association. Whilst the majority of our clubs are in London and the Home Counties, we have member clubs throughout England.

Kick It Out

Kick It Out is football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

Bedford Ladies and Girls Football Club

We provide football for Girls age 5 and upwards. We play competitively at Under 8, to Ladies with all age groups in between.
We are an FA Charter Standard Development Club.

If you want to play football or volunteer to Coach or assist in any other acti

Football Foundation - Grow the Game

1:00am - Thu 31st December, 2020

The Foundation’s Grow the Game Scheme provides grants of up to £1,500 for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA. The Scheme is delivered by the Foundation.

Club Cashback Scheme

The Club Cashback Scheme is a partnership between the Foundation and Club Website to support local clubs, raise much needed funds, and ensure future sustainability within the grassroots game.

Football Foundation - Respect Scheme

The FA and Foundation’s Respect barriers and Respect packs (made up of captains’ armbands, marshals’ bibs and Respect Signage) are available to football leagues and clubs to ensure there is good behaviour by players and parents alike in the grassroots game, with money provided by The FA and vouchers supplied by the Foundation.

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund

Not for profit organisations that are looking to refurbish their existing or develop new football facilities can apply for grants of up to £10,000 through the Football Foundation's Premier League & the FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme.
The funding is available for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities.

Budweiser Club Futures

The programme aims to help clubs become more financially sustainable and play a bigger role in their local community. This is aimed at Football Clubs (non –league clubs in steps 5-7) with funding available between £50,000 to £100,000.

Level 1 or 2 Football Coach

Leeds United Foundation is currently having a recruitment drive for motivated, committed and hardworking individuals who are fully qualified to deliver high quality on our Girls programme. Most of the delivery would take place after-school / evening or weekend.

Head Coach (Football) (0.7 FTE, Annualised hours)

Head Coach (Football)
Leeds Beckett University – Sport and Active Lifestyles
Ref: SAL309872A
Part-time, 0.7 FTE, Annualised hours, permanent
Grade 6, £34,189 - £38,460 pro rata

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