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“ Our aim is to get more players


Les Howie FA Head of Grassroots football


The future development of the game in England is reliant on a thriving grassroots system. To get things right at the top of the pyramid, we must continue to provide support from the base.


Our aim is to get more players participating and enjoying the game. Young players must be coached innovatively and creatively by appropriately qualified coaches and encouraged to play in game formats which are appropriate to their age and stage of development. Having touchlines which


are free from overbearing parents and ranting coaches are also fundamental to our aim.


The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club is dedicated to recognising the invaluable contribution made by parents and volunteers in making the grassroots game a better place to play football. Without you, there is no game.


In each edition of Watering The Roots we will bring you ideas, articles and coaching sessions aimed at those working in the


grassroots game. In this edition we have tips and hints on structuring a coaching practice from FA National Coach 5-11, Pete Sturgess, an insight into the ethos and workings of a successful grassroots club and some unique ideas on presenting information to your players.


I hope you find the content relevant and useful in your work with young players.


participating and enjoying the game.”


Les Howie


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