FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeds target in 2014

Girl kicking a footballIt has been revealed that the FA’s Women’s and Girl’s Programme exceeded its project target and helped nearly 21,000 14-25 years olds get into football in 2014.

Launched in October 2013, the FA worked with Sport England, the Premier League and the Football League Trust to provide grassroots football sessions for women and girls.

Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price said: “We know women play less sport than men but most would like to do more. In fact, almost 120,000 women tell us that they want to play football. But the opportunities have to be right for those women to turn ambition into a reality.”

The programme is just one part of the FA’s strategy on growing participation figures for women’s football, in support of its vision to be the 2nd largest team sport after men’s football by 2018.

Kelly Simmons, FA director of national game and women’s football commented on the scheme: “One of our biggest challenges, apart from attracting new players, is retention, so programmes like this which run for long periods of time, will certainly help us tackle that and help women’s football to become the second most-played sport in the country.”
 
 

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FA launches £230m revolution in grass roots facilities

Footballers legsThe Football Association has recently launched ‘a revolution in grass-roots facilities and coaching’, with plans to build trust-run ‘hubs’ filled with 3G pitches on local authority sites in 30 UK cities.

This follows chairman Greg Dyke’s £750,000 Commission into why English football has been struggling. The Commission looked into youth-development issues, and why home grown talent was struggling to get into the first teams in the Premier League.

The Commission has pledged that by 2020, football hubs will be established in 30 cities, by replacing derelict local authority grass pitches with artificial grass pitches.

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American football touches down in Wembley

Harrod UK's International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.

Harrod UK’s International NFL American football posts at Wembley Stadium.

With three of the NFL’s American football games taking place at Wembley in the last three months, it’s clear that American football has an increasingly large following in the UK – with spectators lining the streets of London to catch a glimpse of their favourite teams.

The Oakland Raiders took on the Miami Dolphins in late September, with the Atlanta Falcons playing the Detroit Lions on 26th October. The Jacksonville Jaguars, who have committed to playing a game at Wembley each year until 2016, met the Dallas Cowboys on 9th November.

But, did you know that the American football posts used at Wembley are Harrod UK’s International American Football NFL Posts? The posts have been designed to both National Football League and British American Football Association (BAFA) regulations.

Don’t have a pitch or venue quite as large as Wembley? We can still help, as we also supply Harrod UK’s Club American Football Posts, which are suitable for use at school or club level, and approved by the BAFA.
 
 

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Get your football pitch ready with sportsequip.co.uk

With the new football season under way and attracting attention from the media and the school holidays coming to a close, now is the time to make sure your football pitch is ready for the winter season.

Today, we’ll run through a quick checklist of what needs checking and updating…

Get your football pitch ready - with sportsequip.co.uk

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Product Spotlight: Harrod UK’s new County Cricket Net System

Harrod UK's new 'County Cricket Net System'

One of Harrod UK’s new products for 2014, the County Cricket Net System has been designed to create a professional, highly affordable, non-permanent cricket net system that is perfect for use in clubs and schools.

Today we’ll look at the excellent County Cricket Net System in a little more detail.

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How To: Hang a Tennis Net

It may sound easy, but what is the correct way to hang a tennis net?

Today, we’ll go through the process, step-by-step and show you how to hang a standard British tennis net with a loop and pin headline wire.

How To: Hang a Tennis Net

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Buy more, save more on Gym & Judo Mats!

Gym Mats / Judo Mats

Gym mats and Judo mats are now available at sportsequip.co.uk!

Even better news, we’ve introduced quantity discounts that’ll benefit schools and clubs who often require more than just a single mat.

Our new gym mats in standard weight, medium weight and light weight are suitable for use in schools. Agility mats and multi-purpose mats are ideal for use in gyms and leisure centres. Finally, our new 40mm thick Judo mats are designed for club level and Judo tournament use – in fact this type of matting is great for all combat sports.

For more information on our new gym and Judo mats, please see our website.

Remember: Buy more, save more!
 
 

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An unusual customer request… Miniten posts and nets

sportsequip.co.uk will already be a familiar name to many tennis clubs and their members throughout the country.

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of tennis nets, thousands of games will have been played across a sportsequip.co.uk branded tennis net – with our distinctive running man logo adorning hundreds of tennis courts across the UK.

Miniten Tennis Net

Our understanding of the wants and needs of the tennis fraternity are based upon years of experience thanks to (we are almost too embarrassed to admit) experienced sales staff with almost 40 years, 35 years and 28 years of experience each.

So it’s a very rare thing indeed when a customer contacts us with an equipment request for a form of tennis that we’ve never supplied, or even heard of before… But, that’s exactly what happened just before Christmas.

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FA programme encourages women to try out football

FA logoIt has recently been announced that four of the UK’s top sporting organisations have joined forces in order to give more women and girls the opportunity to take part in football sessions.

The Football Association, Sport England, the Premier League and the Football League are to offer a new FA Women and Girls programme, which will deliver season long coaching programmes to over 40,000 female players.
 
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Buying Guide: Football Goal Posts

Football Goal Posts

Over the last decade, there has been a surprising amount of innovation both in the design and manufacture of goal posts that has drastically expanded the range available for the UK’s most popular sport.

From the material each goal is constructed from, to its size, shape and type, there’s now a bewildering array of football goals to choose between. In this buying guide, we’ll examine some of the key considerations when purchasing a new football goal.

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