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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.

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863

St George's Park National Football Centre

St George's Park is the English Football Association's national football centre built on a 330-acre site at Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

Cossington Street Sports Centre

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

Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund

The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to: Support the growth of football clubs and activity, Prevent a decline in football participation and Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.

Football Foundation - Grow the Game

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.

The Shared Access Scheme

The Shared Access Scheme

Free floodlights for local football clubs which will also house wireless antennae to enable broadband coverage.

Budweiser Club Futures

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.

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.

Leicestershire & Rutland County FA

0116 286 7828

http://www.leicestershirefa.com/

Partners

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  • Active Hinckley and Bosworth
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    Leicestershire County Council

Partners

  • Sport England
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • Active Rutland
    NWL LSA
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Harborough LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Active Leicester
    Safeguarding
  • Charnwood LSA
    Active Partnerships