Football can bring out the best and the worst in people. Some people hate it and for others it is the be all and end all! It brings people together and can cause a divide within communities. It brings celebration and despair, and all the emotions in between.
It is a game of contrasts: there are hundreds of coaches up and down the country, who give up a lot of their own spare time to coach and manage children’s football teams, weekend youth league teams and adult teams. There are a chosen few who are paid vast amounts of money to manage and play for professional teams all over the world.
Football can be played on a patch of grass at your local park with jumpers as goalposts, 3-aside including your dog, with no spectators, or in front of nearly 100,000 people at the Camp Nou, in Barcelona, one of the most iconic stadiums in the world. For some, the enjoyment of the former is more tangible than the atmosphere on a world stage.
The Community of Football is all about getting people out there, playing football. It doesn’t matter if you don’t belong to an organised team or club, what matters is that you are playing football on a regular basis to keep healthy and active. Take your children or grandchildren to the park for a kickabout, get involved with a local team and train on a regular basis, or play in a local league. The choice is yours!