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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6 tips to find the right football net for your goal

Harrod UK Football Goal

There’s an enormous variety of football goals available on the market today.

Between the numerous sizes of goal that cater for all of the various formats of the game and the many types of each size goal, choosing a replacement football net is surprisingly confusing!

Today, we’ll share some tips that’ll help you select the right football net for your goal.

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sportsequip.co.uk help Vodafone kick off their next gen roll-out

Vodafone 4G Launch - Trafalgar Square Football Event

Last week, Vodafone launched their fourth generation phone network in London. Their 4G service, offering download speeds up to six times faster than 3G, will now roll out to around 98% of the UK over the next couple of years.

To help mark this very special occasion, Vodafone put in a call to sportsequip.co.uk requesting a senior football goal with a net in Vodafone’s colours (red and white) be delivered to central London at short notice. As a predominately internet based sports equipment supplier, we were only too happy to oblige…

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Useful Football Association Line Marking / Pitch Layout Resource

May is a busy month for a groundsman. Pitch preparations for different sports and line marking will be well underway.

With this in mind, in today’s blog post, we’d like to highlight a useful and topical resource provided by The FA.
 

The FA Guide to Pitch and Goalpost Dimensions

Aimed at those running a football club, “The FA Guide to Pitch and Goalpost Dimensions” contains a wide range of information that answers many common questions regarding pitch layouts/dimensions and goal sizes for the many different formats of the game.

This useful guide also contains important sections on goal post safety and line marking.

You can download The FA Guide to Pitch and Goalpost Dimensions here (Save as a .PDF file).
 
 

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Harrod UK’s Team Shelter range updated for 2013

We’re excited to announce the arrival of Harrod UK’s updated 2013 range of Team Shelters.

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Product Spotlight: Ball Stop Netting Systems

Fixed / Portable Ball Stop Netting Systems

 
Steel Ball Stop System (PD200)Ball stop netting systems help prevent wayward balls hitting property or spectators and can also be used to divide pitches or section off certain playing areas. When positioned behind goals or targets, ball stop netting can also save time when retrieving balls from poorly aimed shots!

Last month we talked about the benefits of the new low cost ‘Portanet‘, a temporary ball stop system / pitch divider solution that can be configured in various ways to create a versatile netting system that can be set up in as little as ten minutes.

This month, we’ll take a closer look at some fixed and mobile ball stop alternatives that are suitable for use by clubs, schools and on shared pitches.

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FA Changes to Small Sided Football Goals and Pitch Dimensions

FA logoWe’ve posted previously about the new 9v9 football goals that are part of the Football Assocation’s Youth Development Review. Today, we’ll take a closer look at the other upcoming changes, including the recommended pitch dimensions and goal sizes for youth football.

The aim of the FA’s Youth Development Review was to create a clearer pathway for young players as they progress through each format of the game. As players grow older and learn their skills, they will now use a more appropriately sized pitch and goal to suit their age and ability. This improved progression means that 10 year old’s no longer need to use a full size pitch with full size goals – helping them to focus on developing skills and technique rather than fitness and stamina.
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Buying Guide: Boot Wipers and Scrapers

Freestanding Boot WiperAs the weather turns colder and ground conditions worsen, it’s time to take a look at one of the often overlooked pieces of equipment in a groundsman’s toolkit – the boot wiper. Boot wipers and scrapers help remove mud from footwear and keep indoor areas cleaner.

Today’s buying guide looks at the important things to consider when choosing new boot wipers and scrapers.

Boot Wiper Sizes

Boot wipers are available in a range of sizes. The size of the boot wiper unit corresponds with the number of simultaneous users that it’ll support at one time. When buying a boot wiper, it’s important to select a size that will adequately deal with the number of potential users. If you buy a boot wiper that’s too small, will players with muddy rugby boots simply walk straight into the dressing room rather than wait?

Consider how many boot wipers you’ll need. Two or more smaller units may help prevent crowding around walkways or entrances, rather than one larger boot wiper.

Boot Wiper Unit Fixing Methods

Freestanding Premier Boot WiperFreestanding boot wipers tend to be smaller, suitable for use by just one or two people at a time. The size of these boot wipers means that they are reasonably light and portable. Freestanding boot wipers are ideal for locations such as golf courses, or for areas that receive lower ‘traffic’.

Floor fixed / socketed boot wipers are typically larger and suitable for use by up to four people at a time. Excellent for use next to rugby and football pitches, or any team sport pitch. Fixed styles of boot wiper can either be bolted to the ground, concreted in place or placed into ground sockets. Sockets and fixing bolts are not supplied as standard, so please contact us for further information if you require these items. When selecting a fixed boot wiper, choose a size that will match the level of traffic it’ll need to handle.

Boot Scrapers

Many boot wipers are also fitted with boot scrapers – simple pieces of metal that allow the user to scrape off the worst of the mud before using the brushes. Boot scrapers can help extend the life of the brushes.

Boot scrapers are sometimes located ‘internally’, as featured in Harrod UK’s Premier Boot Wiper range – this style of internal scraping plate means metal isn’t protruding from the boot wiper unit. Models that feature external boot scrapers are rounded to help prevent injury.

Replacement Brushes

Boot wiper brushes won’t last forever and will need replacing every so often. When buying a new wiper unit, choose a widely available brand that offers replacement brushes.

Replacement brushes are typically sold in sets to fit the model of boot wiper.

If you would like more information on any of the boot wipers or replacement brushes available from sportsequip.c.uk, please contact us on 01858 545789.

 

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Harrod UK Football Goals at the National Football Centre

The FA’s National Football Centre at St. George’s Park officially opens today.

The project may have cost over £100m and be opening later than originally hoped, but we have to admit that the facilities look fantastic. The new National Football Centre offers 12 full size pitches with a variety of surfaces, an altitude chamber, training gyms, coaching suites and more.

Harrod UK football goal at the National Football Centre

Harrod UK football goal at the National Football Centre

The centre will be used as the base for all of the FA’s development work and preparation of the England teams. Using a combination of the latest football equipment, modern sports science and medicine, coaching techniques and education, the Football Association will undoubtedly be using the centre as a key driver for the standard of football throughout all levels of the game.

One of the crucial pieces of football equipment that we couldn’t help but notice were the Harrod UK manufactured football goals on some of the new pitches.

The good news is that even grass roots/amateur football clubs or schools can enjoy the same standard and quality of football equipment as the professionals – and you don’t have to spend anywhere close to £100m.

At Sports Equip, we’re proud to offer Harrod UK’s full range of football goals, nets and pitch equipment. For more information on any of our Harrod UK products or football equipment, please contact us.

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