As the football season draws to close at all levels of the game, a Premier League initiative is helping grassroots teams across England and Wales prepare for next season.
The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme has reopened for the 2012/13 season, with teams up to Under 16s level urged to get involved so that they can have brand new kit for the season ahead.
The Football Foundation today welcomed the appointment of Roy Hodgson as England manager, saying it was a decision taken with “the future of the game in mind”.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We welcome the news that Roy Hodgson has been appointed as manager of the England national team. He brings experience of managing teams in domestic and international leagues, as well as at international tournaments.
Football Association plans for a radical overhaul of youth football in England are just one step away from becoming reality.
The youth development proposals include a revised player pathway focused on small-sided football – including new 5v5 and 9v9 formats – up to the under 12s age group and a child-friendly approach to competition up to under 11s.
Scottish football has a fine history of producing first class managers and the SFA is doing their best to ensure that proud record continues.
Seven of the 20 teams in the English Premier League are managed by Scotsmen, five of whom were at Hampden Park this month to pass on some of their knowledge to aspiring coaches in a managerial master class.
Many mums and dads love it when their children say they want to play football because it can teach their children valuable life skills.
It teaches them how to work as a team where they can develop their hand to eye co-ordination, make lots of like-minded friends, have fresh air, exercise and more importantly have fun.