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Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day - a celebration of grassroots football

One of football’s ‘good guys’ will be remembered on Saturday 10th August for Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day - a celebration of grassroots football and the 400,000 volunteers who form the foundation of the national game - and the Essex County FA are proud to be supporting the occasion.

Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day is a ‘whole game’ celebration which includes 150 football events taking place across the Country - giving communities the opportunity to get involved with their local club or league. Sir Bobby made a huge contribution to football communities across England and The FA is delighted that the occasion will carry his name, in turn raising awareness of the work of his cancer charity.

That Saturday represents the first day of a weekend event where hundreds of adult players from FA Charter Standard Clubs have a chance to enjoy a pre-season 11v11 Tournament at the Len Forge Centre in Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea. The County FA are also urging local clubs to follow suit with a commemoration of their own.

Clubs can open their doors to neighbours and invite people to take part and support their local side. Ideas for events could be to run a tournament or festival for current and new players, stage a coaching ‘taster’ day, hold a fundraising barbeque for the local community or ask volunteers to help repaint dressing rooms or undertake minor clubhouse repairs.

Meanwhile, team entries for the Charter Standard Adult 11v11 Tournament are still being accepted, subject to availability. The male tournament will take place on Saturday 10th, with the female equivalent on the Sunday, and there will be prizes in each for the overall champions, the runners-up and the fair play winners. The competitions, inaugurated in 2005, act as a showpiece for Charter Standard adult male and female teams.

Find out more about the Charter Standard Adult Tournament at www.essexfa.com. For further details about Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day and The FA’s work developing football for everyone, visit www.­TheFA.­com/­myfootball. Other information and resources for grassroots football can be found on Twitter at www.­twitter.­com/­EssexCountyFA or via Facebook at www.­facebook.­com/­EssexFootball.

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