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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.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

The FA Snickers Just Play!

The FA Snickers Just Play! gives the casual footballer a chance to turn up to a venue and play football.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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0800 169 1863
The Diabetes Football Community South Devon

The Diabetes Football Community South Devon

Networking opportunities for 16 + with diabetes using football as a tool for delivery.

The Bunker Indoor Golf & Multi Sport Centre

The Bunker Indoor Golf & Multi Sport Centre

The home of interactive golf and multi sports in South Devon.
State of the art simulators in your own private bay. Includes Golf, Football, Rugby and Racing (and more!) 190 golf courses, 150 football stadiums, 150 racetracks. Great for groups, clubs or f

Football

Harbertonford Football Club

Local village football club based near Totnes in the South Hams.
Currently provides opportunities for men across South Devon to come and play club football, however we are actively looking to grow our club into women and juniors

Torbay Leisure Centre

Torbay Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Paignton we are a leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool as well as a trainer pool, 92 station gym, including Queenax Rig, sports hall, 4 squash courts,a friendly onsite café and even a Velopark.

Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Football Stadia Improvement Fund

Funded by the Premier League, the Football Stadia Improvement Fund awards capital grants to EFL, National League, Women's Pyramid and Welsh Premier League down to the lower levels of the FA National League System.

Club Cashback Scheme

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.

Premier League & FA Facilities Fund

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.

Grassroots Football Fund

Grassroots Football Fund

Grassroots Football have teamed up with the Utilita Energy High 5 movement to launch the Grassroots Fund, providing support to grassroots clubs, leagues and volunteers who need the help.

Premier League Fans Fund

Premier League Fans Fund

A commitment from the Premier League to fund projects and organisations that improve the relationship between fans and their clubs.

Designated Safeguarding Officer

The Leicestershire & Rutland County FA (CFA) is inviting applications for the position of Designated Safeguarding Officer. We are looking for individuals with skills, knowledge and experience in safeguarding and who have a passion for driving safer practice in football across Leicestershire & Rutland. As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applications from all parts of the community.

Expert Football Coaching Professional/ Developer

We have many opportunities and vacancies nationally and some limited roles abroad that will be created over the coming months. To express your interest please fill out the form and send your CV to expertfootballcoaches@gmail.com Some of the benefits to working for us are:
• Fair and generous compensation for part time roles
• Ability to plan, implement and process the work in your own time around current work/roles
• On- going training, education and support
• Extended network opportunities
• Exemplary reference and testimonial from EFC to help you with your career

Trainee Expert Football Coaching Professional

Job Summary:
Expert Football Coaches Ltd. (Non-profit) will implement an educational pathway supported by our I.N.S.P.I.R.E.D Expert System© of Football Coaching Accreditation is a prestigious system that teaches football coaches how to deliver high-quality and high-performance football practice sessions on a consistent basis.
At Expert Football Coaches (EFC) we have 3 levels of coaching for you to progress through.

HOW TO APPLY

This role is part of the Government’s Kick-start scheme. As a result, it is only available to 16-24 year olds on Universal Credit. Please check you’re eligible with the Job Centre before you apply, the if qualify send CV/Covering Letter to info@expertfootballcoaches.com

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