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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.

Snickers Just Play

The casual footballer has a chance to turn up to a venue and play football. The Snickers Just Play kickabout is recreational football as its best - it's about turning up for an hour of exercise and a

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.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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0800 169 1863
Legacy Leisure

Legacy Leisure

Riverside Leisure Centre is a large fitness facility offering a 100 station gym, Queenax functional training studio, over 150 weekly instructor led and virtual group exercise classes, indoor cycling studio, 6 court sports hall and 2 squash courts.

Isca Apollo FSC

Isca Apollo FSC

An LGBTQ+ friendly football team in Exeter making football a safe space for all no matter your sexuality, gender or ability

Wonford

Wonford

Wonford Sports Centre offers a newly refurbished 40 station gym, dedicated free weights pump room, sports hall, relaxing sauna, all weather AstroTurf pitch and an indoor cycling studio. We also offer a great group exercise programme offering 30 classes a

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.

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.

Active Through Football Coordinator

The Department
The Aston Villa Foundation is the official Charity of Aston Villa Football Club and prides itself in being innovative in its approach to the club being used as a ‘Force for Good’.

The Health and Wellbeing department has been established for four years and has built a growing reputation across the city for delivering successful health interventions with young people, adults, and other targeted groups

Grounds Person

The Department

As part of the Facilities and Estates department we are responsible for looking after the whole site here at Villa Park, and sometimes Bodymoor Heath including car parks, Academy indoor facility and obviously the main stadium pitch to the same high standard for Premier League, WSL and U23 fixtures.

Partnership Account Manager

The partnerships department is responsible for acquiring and managing the commercial partners of Aston Villa Football Club. The partnership management team are the gatekeepers for delivering partnership rights and therefore work closely with all areas of the Football Club. The team works at a fast pace and due to the nature of delivering partnerships activations across a broad spectrum of brands, working days and projects will be extremely varied.

Customer Support Executive

The Ticketing department are the team responsible for the sale and delivery for all season ticket and matchday tickets across both Premier League, WSL and U23 fixtures. In addition, bookings for away travel, soccer schools and stadium tours are fulfilled by the department. The team provide a central contact point for fan enquiries and engage with the Clubs fans across numerous channels and touchpoints (mobile application, websites and social media).

Ticket Sales Advisor

The Ticketing department are the team responsible for the sale and delivery for all season ticket and matchday tickets across both Premier League, WSL and U23 fixtures. In addition, bookings for away travel, soccer schools and stadium tours are fulfilled by the department, and we provide a central contact point for fan enquiries.

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