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The Wednesday Word: Let’s celebrate football!

Every Wednesday, Club Website will be asking your thoughts on the big grassroots football topic of the week. Today, we’re celebrating 150 years of the beautiful game!

This week the Wednesday Word celebrates the beautiful game.

150 years ago a group of men got together in the Freemason’s Arms in Holborn, London and formed the Football Association – the first of its kind.

They noted down some rules of the game and sought to add some structure to the game of football for the first time.

Football as we know it can be traced back to that meeting, and today the FA kicked off a year of celebrations to mark their 150th anniversary with a star-studded event at the site of Freemason’s Arms, now the Grand Connaught Rooms.

So today, we want to know what you love most about the beautiful game!

The game has changed a fair bit over the last 150 years – as summarised in 150 seconds in this fantastic video – but it has always remained the people’s game.

Whether you play your football in England or elsewhere in the UK, the developments of 1863 helped to shape the game as we know it, so we’re involving everyone in the celebrations… tell us why you love the game!

Millions of people across the UK are involved in grassroots football week in and week out, whether as a player, a coach, a referee or a supportive parent.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge today paid tribute to the“incredible efforts” of the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who make grassroots football possible each and every week.

The FA has put grassroots football near the heart of its celebrations, with a Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day to take place on 10 August to celebrate the national game, whilst 150 unsung heroes of grassroots football will also be honoured by a royal reception.

Have your say and let’s celebrate the game!

So tell us what you love most about the beautiful game. What is it about grassroots football that keeps you coming back for more.

Leave your comments below or join in the debate on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Also, what do you think of the FA’s plans for their 150th anniversary celebrations?

And how would you like to the grassroots football community involved in the celebrations?

Would you like your club to be involved in the Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day? If so, what sort of events would you like to see put on to mark the day?

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