Bukayo Saka's journey from Greenford Celtic to the 2022 FIFA World Cup

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Bukayo Saka's journey from Greenford Celtic to starring for England at 2022 FIFA World Cup (23.11.2022)

"It’s nice to think that kids are now looking up to me. I hope I can continue to inspire them, be a good role model, and make them proud and happy."

Saka, one of England's best performers in the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup, reminisced his earlier years of football. Living in Greenford, West London, he enjoyed playing matches against his brother and father. Around the age of 6, his uncle, recognising his potential, recommended he join a club - which is when they found local team Greenford Celtic. After 6 months at the Celtics, many scouts reached out to his parents and Saka trialed at various clubs before joining Watford as it was closest to him - until joining Arsenal at 9.

To read more about Saka's career, check out the article by the FA!

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Doncaster Council tackles littering at local football games (30.11.2022)

"Four years ago, three men in their early twenties in Brendon Shabani, Jamie Politt and Eni Shabani built a grassroots football team from scratch. Their mission: to help young talent who lost their way find a route back into professional football."

Brendon Shabani, Jamie Politt and Eni Shabani set-up grassroots football club Rising Ballers 4 years ago, where Iliman Ndiaye travelled to to play football. Today, Ndiaye is playing for Sheffield United in the Championship and is representing the Senegal national football team in the World Cup. Of all the players playing in the World Cup, no other player has gone through as many ladders as Ndiaye has to reach his level. Anything is possible - the Rising Ballers' mission will keep going to help talent reach their potential.

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Wantage player praised for sportsmanship by Grassroots UK (16.11.2022)

"Local football teams have teamed with Doncaster Council in a campaign to reduce littering at grassroots games. The partnership aims to both raise awareness of environmental issues and reduce litter at matches played in public spaces."

Local football teams have teamed up with Doncaster Council to reduce litter at grassroots games. Players and spectators will now be asked to leave pitches as they found them. Doncaster Council are working with the local FA and participating teams to make it a part of their routine to pick up litter and recycle it where possible.

Brian Coddington, Interim Chair at the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA, said local grassroots football teams can help reduce litter in their local communities by performing litter picks after games.

To read more about how the FA and Council are working together, check out the article!

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Chance to play at St George's Park as Lionesses inspire charity female football tournament (28.11.2022)

"The England women's football team are set to play in a charity match for the first time in 2023, in a bid to raise money for cancer research."

National blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia is hosting the Female Copa Del CL event at England's training headquarters in Burton, Staffordshire on March 31 2023.

Several female players have featured in the competition before and the success of the Lionesses inspired organisers to launch the first female corporate football tournament of its kind. Players can take advantage of the opportunity to live a day like the Lionesses, from getting changed in the official England changing rooms to playing in matches on the FIFA-approved 3G pitches.

It costs £2,500 for a squad of eight players. For further information and to book a team, visit the website here.

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