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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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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.


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.


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.


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

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


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.


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.


  • 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.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Rainbow Laces

Fri, 22 Nov 2019

Rainbow Laces – Come Out Active for LGBT equality in sport.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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0800 169 1863

Leicester City Women

Leicester City Women Football Club is the official English women's football club affiliated with Leicester City F.C. We also run a Reserves and Development sides and are launching the Leicester City Women Development Centre for the 2016/17 season.

Cossington Street Sports Centre

Cossington Street Sports Centre has a large swimming pool, sauna facilities and courts for outdoor activities.

Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking Football is perfect for people who have injuries or who are over 50 and want the same feel as a real football game however less fast paced.

Walking Football

Walking Football

Walking Football is perfect for people who have injuries or who are over 50 and want the same feel as a real football game however less fast paced. Weekly session.

Walking Football

Walking Football

This is a minimal contact sport for over 50s (men and women) for those unable to play running football due to fitness and health levels. If you're still fit enough for normal soccer then, well done but, this club probably isn’t for you. Please arrive 15-30 mins earlier than KO for: Rules, & regs, pay subs, allocate teams, WARM-UP to reduce injuries! and ensure we have a full hour. Subs: Tuesdays / Fridays just £2 (On Mondays £4/£3). Contact Phil first before attending,

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.

Community Casual Driver

AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust are looking to recruit a driver on a casual basis to transport Community participants to various locations locally and nationally.

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

0116 286 7828


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  • Harborough LSA
    Blaby LSA
  • Active Partnerships
    Charnwood LSA
  • Sport England
  • Melton LSA
    O&W LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Active Leicester
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Safeguarding
    Equality Standard