Every month Club Website features one grassroots football coach and gives them a platform to wax lyrical about the beautiful game. Drop us a line and you could be next! In the spotlight this month…
Name: Francis Charles
Girls and boys as old as 16 will be allowed to play football in the same teams from the start of next season, following a rule change by the Football Association.
The FA has raised the age limit for mixed football from under-15s to under-16s – the fourth increase in as many seasons – in a bid to give more girls more choice over what teams they can play for.
Sir Trevor Brooking is to retire from his role as the FA’s Director of Football Development following the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
A highly respected figure in the game as a player with West Ham United and England, BBC broadcaster, Chairman of Sport England and for more than a decade in his role at The FA, Sir Trevor will leave the organisation on 31 August.
The Football Association is offering free drop-in football sessions this summer in a bid to encourage more football fans across the country to get playing the game.
Hoping to build on the excitement around the World Cup in Brazil, the FA and Mars are offering everybody one free Just Play session at participating centres between 12 June and 13 July.
West Ham United midfielder Joe Cole paid a visit to a lucky school in Essex recently to kick-start Barking and Dagenham’s first ever third generation (3G) artificial grass pitch (AGP).
The new pitch, described by the star midfielder as “absolutely first class”, will mean kids from right across the borough can come and play football all year round.