Take the FA's grassroots survey for a chance to see England play

Club Website members can win an exclusive pair of tickets to see England vs France at Wembley

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The FA wants your views on grassroots football for its latest survey on the national game.

English football’s governing body are trying to get their most detailed picture yet of the game at grassroots level and to do so they need to hear from you!

Whether you’re a player (youth or adult), coach, parent, referee, club or league official, spectator or the person who makes the tea, the FA wants to hear about your experience of grassroots football to help improve the game in the future.

The online survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and, for taking part, you’ll go into an exclusive draw for Club Website members to win a pair of tickets to see England take on France at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday 17 November 2015.

The survey follows hot on the heels of the FA’s latest national game strategy and the report of the FA Chairman’s Commission, which outlined an ambitious £230m plan to develop football hubs in 30 cities nationwide by 2020.

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: “We are on the cusp of a real revolution within grassroots football and, as we move forward, it is vital we ensure that we are listening to those that it impacts upon directly.

“Our new four year strategy has been designed to be adaptable to ensure that we are able to meet the key objectives we have set. This will be achieved through listening as well as acting.

“The grassroots football audience consists of a cross section of diverse communities and this survey will help us ensure we service these groups efficiently via a range of methods, from inclusion initiatives to implementing technology.

“And, as we build on the increases in boys and girls participation and growth in disability football, feedback from such a large sample group will help us refine our goals and targets.”

To have your say on the grassroots game and get your name in the exclusive Club Website prize draw for a pair of tickets to see England vs France at Wembley, please complete the survey here. Deadline for responses is 30 October 2015. Responses will also be entered into the FA’s main draw to win four Club Wembley tickets to see England vs France. Terms and conditions apply.

If you have already completed the FA’s survey and wish to be entered into Club Website’s exclusive prize draw for England tickets, please email your name and age to [email protected] and we’ll ensure you are included in the draw.

This article appeared in The Clubhouse – the monthly newsletter from Club Website. To get the best grassroots news, offers and competitions straight to your inbox every month, sign up today!

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  1. Alieu barrow on October 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I think that grassroot football is very beneficial for anyone that wants to progress as a professional footballer. This is because there are many good coaches that are involved who anyone can learn from and be a better player, I also think that without doubt they are a lot of players in grassroot football that have potentials to be a professional footballer.

  2. LEONARD LEWIS on October 22, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Great newsletter

  3. Kevin williams on October 23, 2015 at 9:29 am

    The Fa seem to make it football at grass roots too hard for clubs. local leagues are very in felxible and seem to do all thay can to fine clubs for league forms etc. Clubs at grass roots are run by vonenteeries who also have day jobs. It has been very well publisised that we need more reffs. i have a number of bys in our club that want to become reffs and the Essex Fa are so unhelpful its a joke, still nothing will change.

    kevin williams Elite Colts

  4. Kevin williams on October 23, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Sorry i can’t type!! 🙂

  5. Mike Smith on October 23, 2015 at 11:44 pm

    Grassroots football should be advised by and organised by practical suggestions from those involved in grassroots football. Allocating vast sums from “up top” and seeing the ignorance of where and how these monies are allocated and distributed shows a complete clack of understanding for what is required. Compared to grass roots rugby, football is woefully misunderstood. Youth football volunteers have for more of an incite as to what should be done and how to achieve basic goals to improve our national game – but we will never be properly listened to. That sums up an FA loss which dribbles down through the ranks to the inevitable grassroot hardship….and what is even more frustrating is that most of the problems are easy to solve and the structures needed to be put in place to achieve a better chance of success, long term, are not rocket science.
    The men at the top have no real ties or feed back from youngsters or their Managers/coaches to sensibly build and support teams who in turn are possible future England players….I love the game at its basic level but then what do I know after 40 years plus working with 7 to 18 year olds and adult teams !…sigh

  6. Patrick Hunter on November 11, 2015 at 10:47 am

    I am 71years of age and have been involved with the beautiful game since a 9year old,commencing with school football.then youth football(u/18),then senior mens football.(no point turning professional in my day as you could earn a far superior living within business…which I did!
    My playing days finished playing competively when I was 32 due to injury.however I continued being involved becoming a team manager for my club commencing with our 5th team right through to our 1st team.I am now vice president of our club which started in 1946.
    As you may gather I do have a reasonable knowledge of the game now being enhanced with my grandson who plays school team football and Sunday boys football ,he is now in the u/14 age group having started playing at u/7 level.

    What is wrong with this grass root football ?
    nothing really ,many dedicated people at all levels,completely voluntary making it all happen for the players.

    The only major problem in my opinion ,including right up to The Premier League,is referee,s they do not understand the game,because generally they have not played the game particularly to any level( that’s why they become referee,s generally)

    Ok in kids football it is some well meaning Dad or coach who referee,s which I can accept but once the age groups advance they do need referees who can identify that pushing and shoving is a foul so a free kick should be awarded…it is the only way the kids will learn.

    I have found in mens football referee,s tend to get their “knickers in a twist” with any verbal offences yet let” hospital” tackles go unpunished.
    The trouble is so many referee,s are unable to spot and identify the clever or crafty foul because they themselves have not played the game.

    Well how do we improve the situation? In my view referres need more help….so we need not one referee but perhaps 2 at least and maybe 2 more assistant referee,s(they were called lines men in my day!) making a total of 6 personel as against 3 at present.Ok I accept this could be a problem at kid,s football say u/7 to u/12 but lets get the basic fundamental of the game right..and as in life play to and enforce the rules!
    All food for thought Mr Dyke !

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