Northumberland FA are delighted to be relaunching Mars Just Play across the county for adults aged 16+ for adults to play regularly - and we are looking for volunteers to run new centres!
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.
Just Play Centres can be specific to your own needs; for those aged 16-25, women only, walking football, futsal and anything in between.
Whether you already have a group of interested participants or you’re looking to provide an opportunity for those in your local community then we want to hear from you and in return we can offer a range of benefits to getting involved:
• 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 Media, 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 to simplify the process of organising your session, 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 Kent FA - The Football Development team will provide support to each centre to ensure maximum playing opportunities.
In return for all those benefits 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 & FA Emergency Aid.
- Completion of a full risk assessment before the first session takes place that is regularly updated.
- 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 public liability insurance, Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities policies).
Please get in touch our Football Development Officer (Adult Male), Ian Skinner on Ian.Skinner@northumberlandfa.com or 0191 2700 700 (option 2 - option 5) if you have any questions about starting a Just Play Centre.