Footballers enjoy a high

PUBLISHED: 09:07 07 October 2012

More adults are playing football these days

More adults are playing football these days

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Research shows increase in participation

Research carried out by Sport England suggests participation in adult 11-a-side football is at a seven-year national high.

The figures have been used by the Essex FA in their online magazine to show that the total of over-16s playing at least once a week has increased by almost 40,000 since 2007/08.

The latest edition of Row-Z, which has just been published at, has revealed that the latest national results from Sport England’s ‘Active People Survey’ show that more adults are participating in football than at any time in the last five years.

Current measurements have recorded that 2,184,600 adults are now playing, which is the highest participation figure since the start of the Active People Survey in 2005/06.

That suggests interventions and programmes such as FA Mars Just Play, GetIntoFootball Officers, and work within further and higher education, are having a positive impact upon participation.

These projects are examined further in Row-Z, which is available every second month to download and read for free.

Each edition contains features and news from the local grassroots football scene and beyond. It also houses resident guest columns from international football freestyler Billy Wingrove and radio sports presenter Lee Morgan, as well as comprehensive listings of opportunities to get involved in the game as a player or volunteer.

The special articles in the latest issue include a look at how local football has attempted to capitalise on the excitement generated by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and what the Essex County FA is doing to generate a new breed of young volunteers to support the game. There is also a breakdown on the new adult repeated substitutions trial and how to tape-up socks following the recent FIFA law amendments.

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