The Football Association and Budweiser have kicked off the second season of their grassroots football programme, Budweiser Club Futures.
The initiative gives football clubs at Steps 5-7 of the English football pyramid the opportunity to apply for a a grant of £50,000, with one of the eight clubs netting a further £100,000 ‘super grant’, as voted for by fans.
Thanks to Dave Ash of Trysull Tigers, who sent us this poem about grassroots football, inspired by watching his son playing for the under-9s team and observing some of the parents who watch the games.
It’s football day and Dad wakes me up,
“Come on,” he says, “lets win this cup!”
I open my eyes and Dad’s standing there beaming,
These are the days of which he’s been dreaming!
The grassroots football community is split down the middle over the FA’s plans to increase the age limit for mixed football in England to under-15s, a Club Website poll can reveal.
Of the 2,846 people polled by Club Website, 51 percent said that they were in favour of the change, which will see boys and girls as old as 15 able to play football in the same team from the start of next season, an increase in one year from last season’s age limit.
The Football Association has raised the age limit for mixed football to under-15s in a bid to increase the number the number of girls playing football.
Here, Rachel Pavlou, The FA’s National Development Manager for Women’s Football, explains the reasons behind the decision.
Club Website is on the lookout for grassroots football coaches.
We want to hear from coaches working at all levels of the grassroots game to feature in a new column simply called ‘Meet the Coach’, to be featured in our monthly newsletter, The Clubhouse.