Sir Geoff Hurst is one of a host of famous faces who adorn the walls of St George’s Park, the FA’s new National Football Centre.
Although the £100m centre in Burton on Trent has been designed to secure the future of English football, the past is not forgotten.
Scotland star Robert Snodgrass returned to his former school in Glasgow to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing participation of 12-18 year olds in football.
The Scotland and Norwich City midfielder returned to St Mungo’s Academy to help launch the Vauxhall School Futsal programme, run by the Scottish FA and National Team Sponsor, Vauxhall Motors.
The London FA is setting up a Young Leaders Council to create a voice for young people to help shape and develop football in London.
The County Football Association for the capital city want their council’s membership to be representative of London’s diverse community and will be looking to recruit members from all over London.
When the Football Association purchased a 330-acre site on the outskirts of Burton-Upon-Trent, France were reigning World and European Champions.
The year was 2001 and, as France reaped the dividends of their national football centre in Clairefontaine, opened in 1988, the FA had a vision of creating their own.
What do you do when all your child thinks, talks and dreams about is football?
It is in their blood – they want to play it all the time and their football goes everywhere with them. How do we keep their passion alive for football whilst not letting it take over their lives and those of the people around them?