Just Play

Just Play

what is fa mars just play?

The FA Just Play is a key part of The FA's National Game Strategy, aiming to support the growth of the game.

The FA Mars Just Play! gives the casual footballer a chance to just turn up to a venue and play football. The Just Play kickabout is recreational football at its best – it’s about turning up for an hour of exercise and a bit of fun. It’s football for those who can’t or don’t want to commit to an eight-month long season of matches and training.

Frankly, it’s jumpers for goalposts, but we provide the balls, pitch and teams.

FA Mars Just Play! is purely for adults, for men, for women, for those who think they’re talented and for those who think they aren’t. It’s also for those with a disability or for 16–25s or women-only or even veterans; there’s a kickabout designed specifically for you, whatever your age or ability.

There are Just Play kickabouts up and down the country, with 400 centres running since the programme launched in 2011. Sessions or ‘kickabouts’ are run on a weekly basis over 32 weeks of the year by a Level 1 coach.

Don’t leave your love of football back in the day. Contact your local organiser or use the search box to locate your nearest kickabout, turn up and Just Play!

 

How Do I Get Involved?

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want to set up your own just play centre? 

Anyone can set up an FA Mars Just Play centre!

FA Mars Just Play can be used for a variety of football types;

  • Turn up and Play
  • Walking Football
  • Futsal
  • Soccercise

Whether you’re an existing football club looking to get adults within the community involved, attract new participants to your club, a venue or leisure centre looking to offer flexible playing opportunities or an individual or group looking to start a new football session!

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Rewards & Incentives

  • Equipment pack – Each centre will receive 5 Nike Footballs, a set of branded bibs, cones and a marketing banner giving you all you need for a successful session.
  • Digital marketing library – You will be provided with access to a range of digital marketing assets including A4 & A3 Posters, A5 Leaflets, Social, Digital & Email Signatures to help you promote your new centre.
  • Just Play organiser kit – Each organiser will receive Nike branded kit including t-shirt, shorts, pants and rain jacket to ensure you look the part, whatever the weather!
  • Just Play organiser support – Guidance and support provided to all session leads to help maximise delivery.
  • FA events platform – A new digital platform upon which you simply and easily organise your kickabouts, leaving more time for the fun stuff, like playing football.
  • National promotion – The FA & Mars will help promote the programme nationally helping to attract potential new participants to your kickabouts.
  • Local bespoke support from your County FA – We have our network of County FAs covering every square mile of the country on hand to provide additional support to make your centre a success. We recommend getting in touch with your local County FA before making your application. Follow the link below:
  • The Sheffield & Hallamshire CFA also offer additional funding (up to £200) to support the creation and retention of centres.

Criteria

In return for all that support we have some minimum requirements that we need to know are in place in order to get your FA Mars Just Play Centre up and running. These are focused on creating the safe, high quality environment that we know your future participants are looking for and include:

  • Each session should be supervised by a Just Play organiser of 18 years or over with a current Level One Certificate in Coaching Football (or a Futsal Level 1 for Just Play Futsal sessions) & FA Emergency Aid Certificate.
  • Completion of a full risk assessment before the first session takes place that is regularly updated. We will provide you with a template and support for how to complete.
  • Delivery for a minimum of 32 weeks across the year.
  • Provision of adequately stocked first aid kit at all sessions.
  • Submission of attendance records via the Events Platform in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place (including insurance, Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities policies).

If you have any questions relating to the information above, please contact Leon Dearns

 

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