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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.

Connect | Watch | Take Part

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Leicestershire and Leicester's amazing sporting offer.

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!

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863
Couch to Goal

Couch to Goal

A fun social coached football session open to all abilities with support to help participants track and lose weight.

10 week programme costing just £2 per week.

For men and women aged 16+.

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

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

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,

Disability Multi Sports Club

Disability Multi Sports Club

For all Children and young people aged (0-25) with SEN/SEND & their families to participate in a variety of sports and soft play/sensory play in Northampton

£4 per child - £6 for 2 or more children - Parents and carers are free

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

http://www.leicestershirefa.com/

Partners

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

Partners

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