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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

Northamptonshire FA

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Telephone
01604 670741
Contact Email
info@northantsfa.com

University of Northampton Students' Union

Various University sports clubs ranging from Volleyball to Cheerleading.

Duston Sports Centre

Duston Sports Centre is run on behalf of Duston Parish Council by Trilogy Leisure and includes a Trilogy Health & Fitness state of the art gym, dance studio, 4 court sports hall, function room, bar and sports pitches.

Rushden and Higham United Football Club

We are a FA Charter Standard football club in the United Counties league and the Weetabix Youth League, we cater for age groups Adult, U18, U16, U15, U11, U10, U9, U8 and U7

Monday night legends

Women's beginner football group (Suitable for all skills levels).

Our new sessions will weekly run on Mondays @ Duston school (Berrywood road)
7-8pm (excluding bank holidays and school holidays)
Current cost £3 (subject to change)
Everyone is wel

Daventry Leisure Centre

Everyone Active manages this facility in partnership with Daventry District Council

Crick Athletic Colts FC

FA CHARTER STANDARD COMMUNITY CLUB
Providing youth football for both boys and girls since 1987. We currently have 13 boys teams and 6 girls teams from ages 6 to 18. We also have a boys and girls (FA Wildcats) Development Squads.

Daventry Phoenix Sports Academy

At DPSA, we have three departments that cover: Multi-Sport, Gymnastics & Trampolining. Our new facility is recently refurbished and fitted with great equipment.

Northampton Town Football in the Community

NTFC football in the community provide a number of football activities for different groups of people. Some examples include schools coaching, Disability Football, football to support those with mental health related conditions and women and girls footbal

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.

Football Development Administrator

Northamptonshire FA is seeking a talented administrator to support the Football Development Team in administrating grassroots football.

Reporting to the Head of Football Development, the post holder will join a dedicated team of development staff, tasked with increasing and developing participation of all football within the county in line with the FA’s National Game Strategy and the Northamptonshire FA operational plan.

The role is specifically focussed on organising, coordinating and administrating all aspects of education courses delivered by the County FA. The post holder will also be the lead employee for remaining a compliant education centre.

University of Leicester Men’s and Women’s Futsal Coach

University of Leicester are looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and committed coach to lead the development of the Men’s 1st & Women’s Futsal teams.

The successful candidate will have experience of developing Futsal teams and knowledge of strategic leadership, culture development, competitive success and the drive to continue developing both the Men’s and Women’s Futsal programmes.

Chartered Sport Physiotherapy

Leeds United Girls Regional Talent Club (RTC) Tier 1:

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, self-motivated physiotherapist who would be willing to work Monday and Wednesdays evenings during season.

Alongside the evening commitments the individual would need to be able to work a maximum of 2 Saturday games (e.g., 9.30am-12.30 for home games) per month during season.

We want to make this post as flexible as possible in order to make it work for the successful candidate (e.g., provide choice of Saturdays on and off).

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