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Just Play – free kickabouts up for grabs this summer

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.

Hammers star Cole opens borough’s first 3G pitch

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.

Jimmy Bullard – Back to my roots

Jimmy Bullard is wondering what the next chapter in his life will have in store for him. Quite apt for a man who has a book out this month.

The 35-year-old is looking for something to replace the buzz of playing football after a roller-coaster of a career that saw him progress from the Ryman Premier League to the England squad in less than a decade, before injury struck the midfielder down in his prime.

FA commission to address “grave” grassroots football issues

Greg Dyke’s England commission has identified “grave issues” in the areas of grassroots football coaching and facilities provision that are impacting on the development of young English football talent.

In its first report, published earlier this month, the commission states that a recent acceleration in cuts to local authority funding raises the issues surrounding grassroots facilities to “crisis level”.

Fancy a game? Players wanted for ‘Reds v Blues’ weekend

With excitement building ahead of the World Cup, the Football Association is encouraging people to get out and play on a weekend of football celebration starting on Friday 6 June.

The weekend – named ‘Reds v Blues’ after the classic team colours most often worn in football – aims to inspire people of all ages and abilities to sign up and represent either a red or blue team in any kind of football match, from a back garden kickabout to an organised 11-a-side game.

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