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World Cup for children


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Also launched on the day of England’s first World Cup match was an initiative to get children who are either playing too little football, or none at all, involved in the game.

The Football World Cup program, for children aged from 5-12, kicked off on June 12 and can be found at 28 centers nationwide.

The seven week program, which has been developed in partnership with the FA, involves fun warm-ups with a ball each, adapted games that bring out a specific skill, and plenty of free play so children can be creative and explore the game in their own way.

The scheme was developed by Nigel Hargreaves, the former head of Strategic Planning at the FA, who knew from his time there that huge numbers of children don’t get the opportunity to play football.

Research has found that 1.1 million children would like to join a team, and 2.4 million children would like to learn some football skills.

Hargreaves says: "The philosophy of the program is clear - every child should have the opportunity to play football regularly, irrespective of ability.

"The program puts both fun and freedom to learn back at the heart of children’s football, and we hope that thousands of children come and enjoy the experience every week."


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