England duo John Terry and Matthew Upson launch England Football Day.
Click here to watch Fabio Capello's message for football fans everywhere
John Terry and Matthew Upson today declared Saturday 12 June ‘England Football Day’ and launched The FA’s biggest ever call to the nation for players and fans to come together and celebrate football on the day Fabio Capello’s men start their FIFA World Cup™ campaign.
Inspired by England’s kick-off against the USA on 12 June, England players and The FA are calling on the entire country to show their support for the team and pride in our national game by organising a nationwide festival of football. The aim of the England Football Day festivals will be for clubs, schools and businesses to throw open their doors and encourage more people than ever to sign up for a team, become a volunteer, get into coaching or simply celebrate!
Fabio Capello, England Manager said: “In England we each share a wonderful passion for the game. I’m sure England Football Day will be a positive experience for the whole country. It is a great opportunity for players, children and families to get involved in football and inspire a new generation.”
Open to everyone, clubs wanting to organise a festival event can join in the celebratory mood and organise their own mini World Cup tournament, run coaching taster sessions or even rally volunteers to give a new lick of paint to their clubhouse. Many will round off the day by screening the England match in their clubhouses. The FA has already recruited over 100 clubs across the country who have taken England Football Day to their hearts and are setting the example for others to follow and demonstrate the unrivalled passion of fans and players of all ages.
As England countdown to the FIFA World Cup™ England Football Day festivals will also provide the perfect opportunity for people to take their first steps into coaching and find out more about The FA Youth Award. This groundbreaking new course has been designed to help coaches understand young player’s technical and motivational requirements and ensure England continues to produce players capable of gracing the World stage.
Supporting clubs in the build up to England Football Day, The FA has launched a dedicated England Football Day website where clubs can get tips on how to stage, promote and enjoy the benefits of getting involved. The website also features an inspirational message from Fabio Capello calling on the nation to come together for England.
Kelly Simmons, The FA’s Head of the National Game said: “What better time to get more players and quality coaches into football than while England are competing in the FIFA World Cup™. England Football Day has the full support of Fabio Capello and the England team who want fans, players and coaches to get behind what is set to become the biggest celebration of football our country has even seen.”
To find out more about England Football Day and how to get involved visit www.TheFA.com/EnglandFootballDay