Diving ban sets right example for grassroots football

By Dan Pope | May 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Football Association’s clampdown on diving has received a mixed response from Premier League managers but, looking at the bigger picture, it must be good for the game. The FA announced last week that, as of next season, players found guilty of diving or feigning injury across English football will receive a two-match ban for “successful deception of…

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How to add a new shot to your batting

By PitchVision | May 19, 2017

At club cricket level there are many batsmen who have a whole career with just two or three shots they play well. How much better could you be if you added another strong shot to the list? Anyone can try and add a shot, but doing it right takes a certain amount of work in practice.…

Teamer Spotlight: Pakuranga Tennis Club

By Stewart Coggin | May 18, 2017

This week the Teamer Spotlight takes us to Pakuranga tennis club in New Zealand. The club’s secretary Denise Smith is a Teamer veteran and she took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to explain how it helps her organise the club’s players on a weekly basis. When did you first sign up for Teamer? I…

Five golden rules for parents in sport

By Dan Pope | May 17, 2017

So many of my favourite childhood memories involve sport in some way, shape or form. Kickabouts down the park, beach cricket on holidays, beating the Grammar School in the cup final with my parents watching from the stand – all experiences so fresh in the memory I can almost reach out and grab them. I…

Calling all rugby clubs in Wales! The Rugby Force is here to help you!

By Kris Barnes | May 15, 2017

NatWest grassroots initiative will see Tom Shanklin and Stephen Jones offer advice and support to Welsh grassroots rugby clubs as members of The Rugby Force. Wales’ Tom Shanklin and Stephen Jones have joined Scotland’s Al Kellock and Mike Blair, and England’s Lewis Moody, Martin Corry, Neil Back and Maggie Alphonsi to form The Rugby Force…

FA Respect Awards open for nominations

By Dan Pope | May 15, 2017

The FA Respect Awards are back for 2017 to reward those people who promote the very best side of the beautiful game. If you know a person, club or league who promotes fairness, integrity, inclusivity, leadership or commitment and demonstrates this at grassroots level week in and week out, then this is your chance to make sure they…

Wanted: Future Welsh goalkeeping stars

By Dan Pope | May 11, 2017

Are you – or do you know – a budding young female Welsh goalkeeper? The Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust are searching for star ‘keepers of the future and they want clubs to get involved by putting forward any young goalkeeper that they think has potential to progress in the game. Selected candidates will be…

SFA launches new strategy for Scottish grassroots football

By Dan Pope | May 9, 2017

The Scottish FA have launched a new strategy for grassroots football, with the aim of getting one in ten people in Scotland playing the beautiful game. The One National Plan outlines the SFA’s objectives for all non-professional football for the next four years, as they aim to grow the game in both scale and diversity, develop…

CWB using cricket to empower

By Sara Begg | May 8, 2017

Cricket Without Boundaries (CWB) is a small charity that, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers, delivers crucial health and social development messages to tens of thousands of children every year. The charity uses cricket as a force for good, helping communities in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK to tackle HIV, FGM and other…

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Improve your front foot drive with weight transfer

By PitchVision | May 5, 2017

From beginner to advanced batsman, one of the most common flaws in driving is weight transfer. But what is it, and how do you use it to hit your drives harder along the ground? You have probably heard cricket commentators on the TV talk about weight transfer when they see a good front foot drive.…

Watch your lip! FA to trial sin bins for dissent in grassroots football next season

By Dan Pope | May 4, 2017

The Football Association will trial the use of sin bins in dozens of grassroots football leagues across England next season. The voluntary trial is open to any adult or youth league that wishes to take part, with more than 60 already lined up to pilot the scheme during the 2017-18 campaign. The temporary dismissals will be restricted to cautions for dissent…

Teamer Spotlight: Marlow Rowing Club Women’s Masters

By Stewart Coggin | May 4, 2017

The English rowing season is now upon us and it will be another busy one for the 33 members of Marlow Rowing Club Women’s Masters. In the latest instalment of our Spotlight series, we caught up with Marlow’s Jenny Hargreaves on how Teamer helps her organise her members. When did you first sign up for Teamer? I…

Boost for girls’ football in England and Scotland

By Dan Pope | April 28, 2017

Girls’ football in England and Scotland has received a huge boost with new initiatives launching north and south of the border designed to get more girls playing the game. As both countries look forward to competing at UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 in the Netherlands this summer, both the Football Association and Scottish FA hope to…