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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some often asked questions about Junior Football on the BBC.

Q:  I'm a parent and want to find a team for my son/daughter

A:  Getting your son or daughter involved in Junior Football can be really beneficial both to their health and personal development. To ensure your son or daughter gets the maximum benefit from their time involved in a Junior Football team, we recommend that you contact your local county FA. They can put you in touch with the nearest team which will your son or daughter will be most suited for. You can find details of your local County FA by clicking on the link on the right of this page.

Q:  I'm a young player and want to join a team near me

A:  Make sure your parents are happy to support you getting involved; being a junior footballer is a big commitment. Then ask them to contact your local County FA who will help you find a suitable team to join.

Q:  How can I get my league/team/division featured?

A:  We're developing Junior Football to cover as much of the country as possible; but whilst we build up the service we are restricting the number of teams we cover. However, from the new season we will be expanding the service, so please get in touch and let us know that you would be interested contributing reports.

Q:  Why aren't you covering my league/team/division?

A:  We want to cover as much of the country as possible, however we also want to do justice to the effort and enthusiasm there is for Junior Football. Therefore, whilst we build up the service we have restricted the number of leagues and teams we cover. We'll be expanded this coverage in the new season, so please let us know if you'd be willing to contribute reports and stories.

Q:  Our club is looking for volunteers

A:  Getting volunteers to help run a junior football club can be really difficult. Most of the time they are parents or relatives of the players, and it should be the first place you look to recruit new volunteers. If you have no luck there, approach your local County FA who can help you. We will only put requests for volunteers that have come via the County FA office.

Q:  Our club is looking for players

A:  If your team is looking for new players, you should start by asking existing players if they have friends who want to play, or get them to ask at their school. It might be worth contacting other clubs in your area to see if they have a waiting-list for players. We won't normally put requests for new players on our sites.

Q:  I want to volunteer as a coach

A:  If you are interested becoming a coach, or volunteer to help run a local club, you should either approach the club directly or the local County FA office. Coaching courses are run both nationally and within each County FA. But there are also other ways to help at a junior football club, you can find out about the Football Workforce, which gives ideas for different roles that a volunteer can take.

Q:  Can you link to my league/team/division's website?

A:  At the moment we are not linking to individual team websites, only the County FA clubs. However, we will review this, so please let us have details of your website so we can look at adding it in the future.

Q:  How do I become a match reporter?

A:  We want people to submit match reports, news stories and photos from junior football matches and we are encouraging people who attend junior football matches to send these in. If you are already involved in a club, you can submit your reports by emailing them to your local Junior Football site. However, we aren't looking for specific reporters to attend matches on behalf of the BBC.

last updated: 04/12/05
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