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Local and National Provision of Football.

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Local and National Provision Football has always been a people's game, all you need is a ball and some friends and you can play it almost anywhere. Football is probably the most popular sport in the world not only for men but for women too (over 90,000 registered), and it is easy to get involved. For anyone actually wanting to get started playing organised football, there are various opportunities to play at different levels throughout the country with over 2,000 leagues and 40,000 clubs. The levels vary from 5-a-side leagues either indoor or outdoor, to 11-a-side leagues played on a Saturday or Sunday. These leagues are all different with some purely for recreational players and others who want to play competitively. Clubs and leagues are enrolled with their County FA, which organises football in the local area. 'The Grassroots development' scheme developed by the National Governing body has grown rapidly in recent years with the launch of the 'National Game Division of the F.A' in 2000. The National Game division is funding grassroots by channelling over �30m a year into football's grassroots. This development is the start of a new dawn for English football and could be the catalyst for a 'revolution' in the English game. ...read more.

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The club scouts then select a few potential stars from each county to go on trail at whichever club they represent. This is the last step to turning pro and, probably the barrier at which most youngsters fail. This is then the perfect stage to be selected for the U16-U19 international teams and then sign a professional contract and you have finally made it into the big time. The final step is the greatest of all which is representing your country at the full level, which is what every youth in the country dreams of. There are several other agencies and bodies representing football all with one aim to make football a better game for everybody. For instance the Sports Action Zones (SAZ) attempt to introduce football in areas deprived of sports. They try to create an effective balanced sporting structure throughout the country and not just in rich areas. Another effective agency is the Active Communities Development Fund (ACDF) this is a large sports lottery grant programme. It is focused on creating sports for: * Black and ethnic minorities * People with mental and physically disabled people * Women * People with low incomes Women's Football Over the last 15-20 years women's football has dramatically increased in popularity due to society's changing opinion and the introduction of an organisation devoted to putting women's football at the same level as the men's game. ...read more.

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and the founding of the Special Olympics and Paralympics have improved their chances. Disabled Football has yet to develop in Cumbria, which is disappointing for anyone it, directly affects. Carlisle United however are trying to get disabled people involved by providing disabled access to all matches which is increasing there knowledge of football and hopefully will inspire them to play. A special Olympics was been set up called the Parolympics this is purely for people with disabilities and due to this disabled superstars known for their courage and self-belief have been created such as Tanny Grey-Thompson. Evaluating all this research I believe that football is one of the most organised, easiest to get involved and most funded sport worldwide. With over 40,000 clubs in the UK alone it should be relatively easy for anyone to start playing for a local team whether they are, of mixed race, disabled or a woman. This is all due to the wonderful and thoughtful hard work put in by the FA and other various agencies and governing bodies. These organise charity events and apply for lottery grants to gain the funds to flood football with 'even more' money e.g. Sportsmatch, Sport Relief and the WSF. In order for women's and disabled football to be as popular and financially rewarding I think that the money needs to be kept up for several years. BY CHRIS SMITH ...read more.

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