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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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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.

County 5ives

Norfolk FA’s County 5IVES leagues operate at seven specialised centres in areas across Norfolk: The FDC, Thorpe, UEA Sportspark, Dereham, Gorleston and Diss. Spread across seven state of the art 3G

National Governing Bodies

The Football Association

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General Information
Contact Telephone
0800 169 1863

Thetford Academy Community Sports Centre and TTA Fitness

Thetford Academy has a variety of sports facilities available for hire, including sports hall, tennis courts, football pitch, MUGA, dance and drama studio and auditorium with tiered seating.

Norwich United FC

'Norwich United is a football club based in Blofield, Norfolk, England. Affiliated to the Norfolk County FA, we are currently members of the Eastern Counties League Premier Division and play at Plantation Park.

North Walsham Sports Centre

At North Walsham Sports Centre you can enjoy a vast array of activities in our sports hall, tennis courts and gymnasium too.

Stalham Sports Centre

The Stalham Sports Centre is central to helping keep the local community active, healthy, fit and, above all, happy.

Bob Carter Centre

Situated at the heart of Drayton the Bob Carter Centre provides a wide range facilities for sports and socialising.

Heywood Sports and Leisure Club

Heywood Sports and Leisure Club is based in Diss, Norfolk and offers you the best multi sports facility in the area at rates that make it affordable for the whole family.

Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre

Offering a whole host of sports and activities, Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre is dedicated to helping the local community get more active.

Small Football School

A Football School for 5-9years kids run during the school term. Teaching body awareness, coordination, decision making, communication, teamwork and self confidence.

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Attleborough Town Football Club

Senior and junior football club in Attleborough. A total of 10 teams, 5 senior and 5 junior.

Disability soccer skills

Disability soccer skills

Supported by a combination of Premier League Kicks funding and Foundation fundraising, our Disability Soccer Skill Centres are designed to improve sporting and social skills as well as self-esteem and confidence. The inclusive sessions are delivered on a weekly basis and are themed around all aspects of football.

Disability soccer skills - Cerebral palsy

Disability soccer skills - Cerebral palsy

Supported by a combination of Premier League Kicks funding and Foundation fundraising, our Disability Soccer Skill Centres are designed to improve sporting and social skills as well as self-esteem and confidence. The inclusive sessions are delivered on a weekly basis and are themed around all aspects of football.

Disability soccer skills - Hearing impaired

Disability soccer skills - Hearing impaired

Supported by a combination of Premier League Kicks funding and Foundation fundraising, our Disability Soccer Skill Centres are designed to improve sporting and social skills as well as self-esteem and confidence. The inclusive sessions are delivered on a weekly basis and are themed around all aspects of football.

Disability soccer skills - Visually impaired and blind

Disability soccer skills - Visually impaired and blind

Supported by a combination of Premier League Kicks funding and Foundation fundraising, our Disability Soccer Skill Centres are designed to improve sporting and social skills as well as self-esteem and confidence. The inclusive sessions are delivered on a weekly basis and are themed around all aspects of football.

Disability soccer skills - Down's Syndrome

Disability soccer skills - Down's Syndrome

Supported by a combination of Premier League Kicks funding and Foundation fundraising, our Disability Soccer Skill Centres are designed to improve sporting and social skills as well as self-esteem and confidence. The inclusive sessions are delivered on a weekly basis and are themed around all aspects of football.

Inclusive Football

Inclusive Football

Drop-in Inclusive Football session for pan disability participants aged 14+ with the focus on having fun and enjoying some matches. We encourage carers to join in if they would like to.

FREE youth session reopening in Thetford

FREE youth session reopening in Thetford

Mixed gender ages 11-19
All abilities welcome

Every Monday 6-7pm

The FA Fives

12:00am - Mon 10th February, 2020

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and The FA are keen to ensure that THE FA FIVES is not just a success as a festival of football but that it also delivers a tangible legacy.

The FA has worked with Sport England to link THE FA FIVES to Sport England’s existing Small Grants programme which provides revenue awards to support its ‘Towards an Active Nation Strategy’.

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.

Development Manager - Girls Football Programme

Excited by the power of sport to energise young people you are looking for a leadership role where your knowledge of girl’s sport and project management expertise can make a difference. Look no further than this Development Manager role with the Youth Sport Trust.

Head of Technology Transformation

A strategic visionary thinker, you are expert in technology procurement and implementing technology change programmes. Now you are looking for an opportunity that will make the most of your talents and enable you to make a real difference in a high-profile organisation.

Community Football Coach

Planning and delivering high quality Brackley Town in the Community School Sports coaching sessions.

Delivering age and ability appropriate coaching sessions to meet the demands of the players.

Ensure compliance with all relevant Brackley Town FC policies, at all times.

Ensure the confidentiality of private information.

Up to 5 hours per week (dependant on availability, qualifications & experience)

Optional matchday opportunities for Brackley Town FC Home fixtures, voluntary

Freelance Lead / Assistant Community Football Coach Vacancies (East Midlands)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Game On programme is an award winning sport for change programme established in 2007. We are looking to recruit committed, experienced and enthusiastic qualified coaches to join our pool of freelance coaches to deliver Game On England sessions in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire’s coalfields on behalf of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Freelance Lead / Assistant Community Football Coach Vacancies (East Midlands)

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust Game On programme is an award winning sport for change programme established in 2007. We are looking to recruit committed, experienced and enthusiastic qualified coaches to join our pool of freelance coaches to deliver Game On England sessions in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire’s coalfields on behalf of The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.

Gavin Lemmon

Football Development Manager at Norfolk FA

http://www.norfolkfa.com/