Grassroots football is the heart and soul of the game. For the hundreds of thousands of participants, it is their opportunity to be involved in a sport they are truly passionate about.
In a new feature series, Kick It Out will speak to figureheads and representatives of the grassroots game as they offer their unique thoughts from the amateur and community level.
Craig Freeman – Friday Night – December 2017
Kick It Out spoke to Craig Freeman, who runs the Friday Night project in Aylesbury, a grassroots initiative that helps marginalised young people in the local area.
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Shadab Iftikhar - Manager - July 2017
Kick It Out spoke to Shadab Iftikhar, a manager who has experienced grassroots football as well as the sport in Mongolia.
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Patricio Sanchez - Brixistane FC - May 2017
Kick It Out spoke to Patricio Sanchez, founder of Brixistane FC, a grassroots club for young people in Brixton, on why he formed the club and what more can be done to support clubs and academies at that level.
In part one, Patricio spoke about the formation of Brixistane FC and the ethos behind the club.
In part two, Patricio explains the importance of developing young people and the challenges of running a grassroots club.
David Annobil - Kekoa Coaching - April 2017
In April, we spoke to David Annobil, founder of Kekoa Coaching about his experiences a grassroots coach.
In part one, David spoke about the need for a supportive network around young players.
In part two, David gave his thoughts on what the football authorities can do to improve grassroots football.
Paula Wyatt - Hampshire FA - March 2017
Peter Augustine - County Coach Developer at The FA - January 2017
The first month of 2017 saw Kick It Out speak to Peter Augustine, County Coach Developer at The FA.
In part one, Peter discusses his passion for coaching and the opportunities available for coaches in the sport.
In part two, Peter reveals how Surrey FA are looking to bring football to the whole county, as well reflecting on discrimination in grassroots football and the importance of Kick It Out.