The FA and Mars have created Just Play for everyone who wants to get out there and have an informal kickabout. Don’t worry about how much experience you’ve had or how good you are. If you’re a man or a woman over 16 years of age who wants to play, you qualify. Just Play kickabouts are taking place at dedicated centres across England .
FA Mars Just Play is a key part of The FA’s National Game Strategy, directing £200 million into grassroots football to support the growth of the game as well as raising standards. The FA and Sport England, with the support of Mars, are working together to attract 150,000 new adults into football by September 2013 and we hope that upwards of 150 FA Mars Just Play Centres we delivered with our partners in 2011 will help us achieve this.
For some players affiliated football is not an option, because of the lack of desire, time commitment, ability or simply that they don’t want to play competitive football. For these players, FA Mars Just Play offers a viable alternative to allow them to engage with the game in an organised, but informal way – something that hasn’t been on offer before.
Pay and play sessions will be delivered across the country at FA Mars Just Play Centres in association with FA Get into Football Officers, County FAs and other partners with the aim of encouraging adults to re-engage with the game. FA Mars Just Play Centres will host kickabouts on a weekly basis. Players will know they can turn up as often as they want for a game to fit in with their lifestyle.
Participants will choose what they play and the organisers will organise these games for them. Centres will provide the means for adults to get into or get back into football, by providing the facility and the organisation of the games. This will, for many adults, be the first step on their pathway to playing affiliated football.
For more information regarding FA Mars Just Play Centres or to find out about how to become a certified Just Play Centre please contact the Development Department:
T: 01903 766855