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A REMINDER – FA GUIDANCE NOT TO PUBLISH YOUTH LEAGUE RESULTS

A reminder of the FA guidance reference the publication of results and league tables for teams playing from Under-7s through to Under-11s. “This guidance is not new. As a result of significant consultation and research undertaken across the game with children [players],  parents, coaches, clubs and league volunteers, The FA decided in 2012 to extend […]

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Safeguarding Awareness for Parents & Carers

About the course Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility – but are you clear about the vital role you can play? Safeguarding is about creating safe environments and preventing children from experiencing harm or abuse. Put simply, safeguarding refers to measures we take to protect our children – and keep them safe and well. Whether that’s your […]

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UPTO £25000 FOOTBALL FOUNDATION GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR GRASS PITCH DRAINAGE

Why apply for a Football Foundation grass drainage grant?   Providing a suitable playing surface is essential to sustain and increase participation in grassroots football, so the Football Foundation is able to provide funding for works to improve the drainage of grass pitches. Eligibility 01 Who can apply? You don’t have to be a football […]

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Osgood Schlatters Disease/ Knee Injury – Know the facts

This week we visit Osgood Schlatters Disease, or as I like to call it a condition of the knee in children! What exactly is Osgood Schlatters? Essentially it is painful inflammation or irritation of the bone growth plate in the shin bone (tibia bone) which is just below the knee cap. It generally happens in […]

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COMETS DISABILITY FOOTBALL PROGRAMME

Comets is a new, enjoyable and inclusive programme that is being piloted by the FA, This is a project aimed at children aged 5-11 years old who may have a disability or additional needs. We believe it is essential for every child to have access to opportunities in football where they can find their ‘space […]

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6 minutes !!! – My son cried when he got in the car, this can’t be right…

My son, who is 8 has played for his team now for a year and a half now, I accept that he has the least ability on the team but to counter this he has the most enthusiasm. The coach was very fair in the first season giving most kids a good run out, recently […]

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Being the kid of the coach isn’t always the best thing….

Written from the heart of a Coach / Parent. Being the kid of the coach isn’t always the best thing…. or so my child tells me, regardless of what many may think. Sitting here listening to my child as they plead to miss training and asking to go to the beach or park instead whilst […]

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Referee bodycam trials receiving ‘positive response’

Following another weekend of bodycam trials for referees in four grassroots leagues in England, find out how it’s all been going…   As the trial of the use of referee bodycams kicks-off across four selected adult grassroots football leagues in England this season, we checked in with Dan Meeson, our head of refereeing, technical and […]

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Tempers flare when Coach gives managers player award to his own Son..

Yes, I did the seemingly unthinkable after weeks of consideration I decided to award a player with the Managers Player award, this player was my son who plays on the team. I’m absolutely appalled by the response from some of the parents who openly said in front of other parents and players, “Your out of […]

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20-0 !!! Coach speaks out, Why are we seeing these scores every week??

20-0 games are soul destroying and can take weeks, or sometimes months to re-build a child’s self esteem so why do we witness it week in week out !  And who benefits from this score line? So this weekend I’ve seen some interesting results and score lines come in from across the country. The league […]

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