Get Involved in Grassroots Football In 2018

From a very early age my boy Joe has kicked a football. It was probably in his blood. As a family we are all a bit football mad, season ticket holders at West Bromwich Albion, with my brother playing to a semi professional level at Walsall FC until illness forced him to give up the sport he loves still. So Joe was probably primed to love football, both watching and playing, from an early age. I hear many negatives about grassroots football, but I wanted to share why I think being involved with a team can be a good thing, whether you are a boy or a girl, and whatever your age.

1. You get to travel

Sport really can broaden the horizons, even from an early age. Joe has already traveled to London to play at Arsenal as part of The Albion Foundation, and this year is hoping to take part in a tournament in Somerset. As he gets older, there may be opportunities further afield, my brother played in a tournament in Cyprus as a teenager, whilst companies like Absolute Sports Travel organise football tours that take in tournaments all over the world, allowing the opportunity to combine travel and football, with tournaments against teams from all around the world in places like Spain, Holland, Belgium and Italy.

Fitness Levels

As parents, we all worry that our children spend too much time stuck in front of a computer, tablet, Nintendo Switch, Play Station and numerous other online activities that see them become the modern equivalent of the couch potato. Joining a football team certainly stops this, as well as games Joe has training with his team twice a week, and this then encourages him to practice in his garden too, with new goals and a rebound net at the top of his Christmas list this year. This is fitness that is also great fun!

It’s a great family activity

Watching Joe play is something that we do as a family, it is a great bonding experience. Sometimes nan and grandad come along too, and Joe likes to watch his cousin Renee play – she is only four but already football mad and takes part in indoor coaching as part of the Future Baggies programme.

Joe helping Renee by going in goal

It’s a great way to make friends

Joe is an only child, and we live in a semi rural area some distance from school friends, so football is a great way to make new friends and to socialise with other children after school and at the weekend, Through football, there have been invites to parties, opportunities for ground tours and trips, and a whole host of friendships with children he would not have met otherwise.

Do you have any thoughts on Grassroots football? Is your child involved? Would love to hear your thoughts.

More Football Gift Ideas This Christmas

Following on from my last football gift post today I am bringing you some more gift ideas for those who think that football is the most important thing in the world. In this post I am concentrating on what to wear, and some of the important equipment that you need, whether you are planning to have a game in the garden, or maybe you’re training up your own little team of future sporting stars.

So, whether you have a budding Messi, a little miss Jodie Taylor, or even a Zinedine Zidance in your midst, these are some of the items that could lead to a very merry Christmas for one of the special people in your life.

Football Shirts

If your football fan supports a Premier League team, then there is every chance they already have the shirt. But there seems to be an unwritten rule that you can also wear shirts that belong to other teams as long as they are Continental teams, with Spanish and French sides being particular favourites. A good place to look for sports kits, tracksuits and training gear is excell sports. They have a wide range of tops from intercontinental teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Roma and Bayern Munich, as well as National sides like Belgium France, Portugal, and,yes, even England.

Nike Paris Saint-Germain Away Junior Short Sleeve Jersey 2017/2018
code: 44342 847408-720
Nike
From £44.95 Click to visit excell-sports

Nike England Home Mens Short Sleeve Jersey 2016/2017
£54.95 Now £38.46 Click to visit excell-sports

adidas Real Madrid Home Junior Short Sleeve Jersey 2017/2018
£42.95 Click to visit excell-sports

As well as a great range of kits (all the tops featured above also have matching shorts and socks that are also available on the site, you can view all football kits here.) , The site also has a good range of training gear, including the iconic CR 7 range from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nike Boys’ Dry CR7 Squad Football Drill Top
£39.95 Click to visit excell-sports

Sporting Equipment from Networld

These days, even your average garden has a wide range of training equipment for your budding footballer. The days when a pop up goal was sufficient are long gone, and now sturdy robust goals able to withstand all weathers, football rebound nets which allow the player to hit the target even when they are playing alone, and mannequins which enable you to practice free kicks and set pieces are now available to buy whether you are using them to train a team or just to enjoy enhancing your skills at home.

Net World Sports are the number one supplier of sporting equipment for all sports, including cricket, golf and tennis. But it is football where it really excels, with a great range of football nets and goals and other equipment that can make training both fun and professional. Key pieces for Christmas 2017 include the Forza goals that range in size from mini target goals to full sized 16×7 nets. Forza nets are easy assembly and are built to last in strong UPVC, making the ideal Christmas present, even though this may mean assembling it on Christmas day!

8 x 4 FORZA Football Goal Post £46.99 Click to visit Net World Sports

As well as goals, a rebound net is a new favourite when it comes to Christmas gift ideas. Rebound nets are designed to improve heading, volleying and first touch, they have a simple foldaway design that makes them easy to use, and then transport to a field or put them away in a shed. You can get a single sided or two sided design.

RapidFire Football Rebound Net [Double Sided] £95 Click to visit Net World Sports

Freekick mannequins have long been used in the professional game, but you can now purchase these for use in your garden too. They come as individuals or in packs of three, and also in different sizes to suit junior or senior players.

FORZA ASTRO Football Mannequins [Includes Bases] £57.99 Click to visit Net World Sports

Do you have any sports equipment on your Christmas list this year?

 

Christmas Gift Ideas: Gifts For Football Lovers

Christmas is about finding that gift that the recipient will love and appreciate, and today I am focusing on gifts that would be perfect if you have a football lover in your family and friends list.

These gifts move away from the football strip and tickets to the game that can be costly in the extreme. All the gifts featured cost under £30, with some less than £10 making them wonderful ideas to put in the Christmas stocking. In addition, the gifts from Find Me A Gift have a great range of early Black Friday offers attached to them so you can make a further saving.

There are gift ideas from Boolino and Mitre along with football ideas from Amazon.

Happy Shopping!

Find Me a Gift

The silver money box is a really special piece that could be good for a baby’s first Christmas.

Football Money Box – Silver Plated Was £10.99 Now £9.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

A pair of novelty socks always make a good stocking filler, this pair are less than a fiver and come in UK sizes 6.5-10, as the site says, they will fit any team member. They also look pretty great too.

Ball Socks – Football Was £4.99 Now £3.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

If you know someone who owns a signed shirt, this frame is a great way to display it, and to keep it safe at the same time.

T-Shirt Frame Only £24.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

When you’re watching the game from the comfort of your sofa, what could be better than some homemade popcorn. This is a gift that will be sitting in Joe’s stocking this year as it combines two of his fave things, football and popcorn!

Football Popcorn Maker Was £29.99 Now £28.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

Slippers are a favourite gift idea for dad or grandad, but these slippers are a cut above – they actually resemble a football boot. Super warm and cushioned, these are just the sort of thing to wear when you’re sitting in front of the sofa watching football.

Men’s Football Slippers Was £14.99 Now £13.99 Click to visit Find Me A Gift

Mitre Star Wars Scriball

If you have a child who loves colouring in, football and Star Wars, then the Mitre Star Wars Scriball is the perfect gift, combining all these things in just one package. The Size 3 ball is a great size for smaller feet, and you can combine colouring the ball on a dark winter’s day, and then playing with it when the weather gets warmer. There are a range of Scriballs that include characters who fight for good, and those on the dark side.

Mitre Star Wars™ Mini Darth Vader Scriball £12 Click to visit Mitre

Goal by Dorling Kindersley

If you have a member of the family who thinks they know all that there is to know about football, then Goal! from Dorling Kindersley is the perfect Christmas afternoon read. It is packed full with everything you need to know about football, from technical tricks and tips, to ‘did you know’ facts and figures, through to information about the best footballers in the world. This is a bright, beautifully presented hardback book that would be a really special choice for any football lover.

Goal!: Football As You’ve Never Seen It Before £10.39 Click to visit Boolino

Amazon

Amazon is always a great one stop shop when it comes to Christmas, and they have a really fabulous selection of football related gifts that suit all ages. I’ve ordered the ‘grandad’ football book as a gift to my dad from my son, and the Lionel Messi range of toys are always popular with footie mad kids. The Football Guess Who was a gift I got for my boy last year and proved to be a big success.