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Grassroots Football Column - Summer
Dave Roberts, Sports Features
Thirsk Falcons players enjoying their FA Football Community Day
Summer is upon us and for most thoughts normally turn towards sun drenched beaches, poolside drinks and slapping on the suntan lotion. But not The FA as there is still plenty of work going on behind the scenes as June 30th signifies the end of the current season.

And you can help. One of Yorkshire's County FAs is currently asking for your views on how they do with regards to grassroots football.

North Riding is asking for feedback whether good, bad or indifferent on their performance on all aspects of the local game. Your thoughts go a long way in shaping what services the local football authorities provide and how they deliver them, so please, if you reside in or between York, Scarborough and Middlesbrough log onto northridingfa.com and take part.

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As well as bringing out the suntan lotion, summer also allows the kids to run around and enjoy themselves. It was great to see around a hundred boys and girls turn out to enjoy the game in Thirsk, the North Yorkshire market town famous for author James Herriot and Thomas Lord, who gave his name to the home of English cricket. Thirsk Falcons FC held an FA backed Community Football Day for children of all ages.

There are football jobs up for grabs in the county too. York City FC needs part-time coaches for its academy. General team coaches as well as a goalkeeping coach are required. Candidates need to have completed or be currently undertaking a UEFA B coaching qualification as well as having successfully completed FA Safeguarding and First Aid courses.

Football on the Yorkshire coast has been boosted by the opening of new all-weather artificial grass pitch in Scarborough. Britain's athletics world champion Colin Jackson was on hand to unveil the new 3G facility that will be put to great use by Scarborough Ladies and Scarborough Athletic clubs.

The work on the site turned an old car park into an all-weather pitch. The improvements were made possible thanks to a grant from the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation. 28 new football teams are expected to be created in the seaside town as a result of the new facility.

Wildcats
Finally for this month The FA is repeating its push to increase participation levels in the women's and girls game. The governing body wants to double the number of girls playing football by 2020 and as part of this 200 Wildcats Girls Football Clubs have been launched across the country.

Despite it being a relatively new initiative Yorkshire has a significant Wildcat presence. West Riding has a dozen clubs and North Riding currently four with all county FAs busy creating more opportunities for girls between 5 and 11 years of age. If your daughter, sister or niece wants to start playing then simply get in touch with your local county FA.

Grassroots Football Column - Summer, 29th June 2017, 15:01 PM