Football has long been the most popular sport in the UK, and with the success of the women’s and men’s home nation teams in international competitions, people of all ages and abilities have been inspired to get involved with the sport, both on and off the field. There’s never been a better time to help grow the grassroots community. If you’re thinking about starting a football club, you’ll find that there are many challenges to overcome, but the result could be valuable to your whole community for years to come. This article provides an overview of the factors you should consider when starting a new football team from scratch in England – from costs to registrations and player trials. Insights from Ian Grange, Head of Facilities and Development at the Norfolk FA are also included to make sure your new team has the best possible start.
Team sports across England have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic as a result of social distancing restrictions and bans on large crowds. But how has this impacted football at a grassroots level? And how can the community bounce back from this crisis?