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What is Football?

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

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"


Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

World Cup 2018: Love football. Be active.

The WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of NCDs (NCD Office) launched a campaign in support of the upcoming Football World Cup to protect the health of football fans worldwide. All fans

Local Programmes

Local Mash-Up Sessions!

Football Mash is an exciting opportunity for 14-16 year olds that runs after school on school or community sites that young people can come along to with their mates.

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Team Leicestershire

'Team Leicestershire' is the umbrella Association for all traditional competitive school sport in secondary schools across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

Trans World Educational Experiences

Trans World (TWEDEX) are one of the biggest providers of sports tours, aimed to educate, empower and inspire the minds of young people.

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

National Programmes


TEAM19 is a free national intra-college football programm

The FA Mars Just Play!

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

Local Contacts

Fay Longdon

Football Development Officer (Recreation)

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

0116 284 5931

Joe Dunmore

Senior Football Development Officer (Quality)

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

0116 284 4950

Philippa Bass

Disability Football Development Officer

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

0116 284 4952

Shaun Waite

Football Development Officer (Participation)

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

0116 284 4951


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    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Sport England
    Loughborough University
  • Age UK L&R
    Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby District Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Harborough District Council
    Rutland County Council
    County Sport Network
    British Heart Foundation
    Equality Standard
  • East Midlands Platform
    Melton Borough Council
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  • Melton Borough Council
    Loughborough University
  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Leicester City Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Harborough District Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Safeguarding
    Sport England
  • Equality Standard
    Age UK L&R
  • British Heart Foundation
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • County Sport Network