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Kits 4 Causes.

Founded in 2009, Kits4Causes have distributed over 21,000 football shirts to aid social development projects in some of the worlds poorest areas. Chris Grindley (CG) and his dedicated team place the power of football in environments where the game is played in its purest forms…

 

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Football Mash-Up.

According to extensive study by HPI, commissioned by The FA and England Team Sponsor and FA Youth Partner Vauxhall, the main reasons for the decline in participation in the 14-17 age group is due to a realisation that they are not going to play professional football…

 

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Save Grass Roots Football.

Grass roots football is in real danger; squeezed by near intolerable financial pressures, local authorities are no longer able to support the grass roots game. With dilapidated facilities, abject amenities and poor pitches being cited as reasons for both declining participation and a disincentive to attract new players…

 

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We Live Inclusion.

At “Football Is More” we are dedicated to the word inclusion. Two very important projects were successfully held this year. The first goal was the inclusion of the “Super Teams” into the Swiss U16 Cup and hence the reduction of the reservation against physical and mental disability. The second highlight was …..

 

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All Together Now.

Three hours in the wind and rain did not deter the Salt of the Earth Bucket Collectors collect over £700 for Football & Peace / Family Lives at the England v Rep of Ireland International friendly 29th May 2013.  NCFA would like to thank the FA and Wembley Estates for helping make this possible.

 

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Under Pressure.

Daniel Yeo writes there are many issues surrounding education in football, more often than not, these are only concerned with the game itself. What age should children start playing competitive matches? How can we encourage greater participation and nurture a rational approach towards the game’s disproportional expectations? Why aren’t we producing as much home-grown talent as Germany and Spain, does it really matter?

 

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It’s A Goal.

John Wilson is the oldest UPVC goal post manufacturer in the world, the creator of mini soccer and the UPVC Goal Post Bag, he is a leading campaigner for goal post safety.   He has spent most of his life protecting children’s football play areas with safe goal posts, net fixings and anti-vandal local authority goal posts.

 

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Selective Inclusion.

Dave Ramzan (Special Educational Needs Officer). When I first started out organising football for children with special educational needs and disabilities it was really all about those youngsters just having fun, and playing football like a majority of other children could, something which I had done with friends playing in the local park and in the back streets where I lived.

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National Conference of Youth Leagues.

Eric Kershaw (Founder Memeber of NCYL) believes that the decision making process currently employed by the Football Association does not adequately represent the views and opinions of the volunteers that run the game, nor does it recognise the problems encountered by Administrators at local level and they intend to pursue a course of action that will give Youth Leagues a clear voice both at County and National level.

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Crossing the White Line.

Walter Tull (Footballer and Hero) was born in Folkestone in April 1888 Walter’s father, the son of a slave, had arrived from Barbados in 1876. In 1908 Walter’s talents were discovered by a scout from Tottenham Hotspur and the club decided to sign this promising young footballer. Walter was the first black outfield player to play professional football in Britain. Walter was also the first black officer in the British Army and he was never decorated for is outstanding bravery. The campaign to rectify this shameful fact has finally begun.

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A Better Way.

Mark Carter (Director, Ministry of Football) … I believe that the fundamental set-up for children’s football is wrong. It is wrong for the children it is meant to develop, it is wrong for the families of football-mad children, and it is wrong for football. There is a case that it is morally-wrong also. To exemplify its wrongness, and highlight why we need a better way, let’s look at the journey for a 7-year old who has just decided that they want to play football

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Will St George’s Park Shape the Future of English Football?

Written by David Ramzan As a Level 2 FA football coach, mainly working with children and young adults with special needs and disabilities, I had the opportunity to go along to the first FA Licensed Coaches Club Seminar ‘Shaping the Future’ which took place over the weekend of December 1st – 2nd at the prestigious FA international training centre ‘St Georges Park’ in Staffordshire. This two day conference was specifically for Level 1 and 2 coaches, where on the following Monday to Tuesday, a similar conference was held for Levels, 3,4 and 5, and later in the week it was the turn of the UEFA B, A and UEFA Pro-Licensed coaches.

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