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Sam Duffy

How to get started in rugby

Depending on whether you are a junior or an adult, there are various ways to get involved in playing rugby. Whether you’re interested in rugby union, rugby league, wheelchair rugby or touch rugby, there are opportunities all over the UK for people of all ages and abilities to take up the sport. You might want to take part just for fun and to stay active, or maybe it’s something you want to take a little more seriously. Many secondary schools across the UK have rugby as part of their regular... Read More

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Picking The Right Equipment For Grassroots

This week our guest blog comes from one of our trusted suppliers, Mysportswear. What makes a great footballer… well, great? Is it the skills they hold when coming face to face with the ball… or is it something more? Is it the confidence and pride that’s gained from the moment the player puts on their team’s kit, and the knowledge that what they are wearing is more than just some colours and a number, but a stamp of approval and acceptance, helping them perform and feel like they are part of... Read More

Celebrating Women’s Football on International Women’s Day

Women’s football hasn’t had an easy road in the UK. The first recorded tournament between a team of English women and a team of Scottish women was in 1881, but it’s reported that many women in this era played under false identities to avoid possible reprisals. Popularity of both participation and spectating grew over the next few decades; with one match at Everton’s Goodison Park, on Boxing Day in 1920, reported as having an attendance of 53,000 people, with another 10,000+ people turned away once the stadium was full. Women’s... Read More

Road to the Final: EFL Cup

On Sunday 26th February we’ll have a champion. Manchester United face Southampton at Wembley to see who’ll be crowed the EFL Cup winner. And it’s going to be close. Manchester United are looking strong under Jose Mourinho – but Southampton have an incredible record this year in the cup, and after dispatching Liverpool over two legs nobody would bet against them winning this one. We take a look at their journey throughout the competition. Second Round Both teams had a fantastic year in 2015-16 and qualified for Europe meaning both... Read More

The S-League Returns!

The 2017 S.League is due to kick off on Sunday 26th February, when defending champions Albirex Niigata FC will take on Tampines Rovers FC. The match will take place at 6pm in the National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub, in what will be an explosive start to the season for the Singaporean football league. Following Albirex Niigata’s triumph last season, the pressure is on as they kick off in 2017 as champions. With head coach Naoki Naruo returning to Japan at the end of last year and former Shimizu... Read More

The EFL Cup Final: Preview

The 2017 EFL cup final is fast approaching, as Manchester United are due to take on Southampton on Sunday 26th February at Wembley Stadium. Despite Man United’s 2nd leg defeat against Hull, the Red Devils managed to secure their spot in the final by winning 3-2 on aggregate. If they are victorious at Wembley this month, this means José Mourinho will have managed to double the trophy tally of the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, following last year’s FA Cup win under Louis van Gaal. Given that Manchester City were winners... Read More

Mitre Announces Ryman League Deal

The Ryman League’s clubs and their fans can start looking forward to benefitting from a new match ball and benchwear sponsorship partnership with leading international sports brand Mitre. The partnership will kick-off in at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, and will see all 72 clubs throughout the Rymans League use a unique Mitre professional football and wear Mitre benchwear when on the touchline! The football will be engineered with Hyperseam technology – a patented technology designed to deliver unrivalled performance, pin-point accuracy and rapid speed. The football with reflect... Read More

The Best Attacking Formations For Your Club

It is often said that attack is the best form of defence, so why not go all out? Used within a confident and prepared team, an attacking formation can cause a lot of problems for your opponents. But without the right preparation, your defence could be left hang out to dry! Here is our rundown of some of the most successful attacking formations found in football. 4-2-3-1 The 4-2-3-1 mixes attacking precision with defensive solidarity. In order for this formation to come off, your fullbacks need to be fast, explosive... Read More

The Ultimate Youth Football Tour

With over 1100 teams attending every year ESF is the biggest youth football festival in the UK. Mitre have been at the heart of the game for almost 200 years and they’re proud to be an Official Partner of ESF Festivals – supporting grassroots football at local levels. ESF is unlike any tournament you’ll attend. The scale is huge! Football players, fans, and family take over the biggest Haven and Butlins sites within the UK as well as Disneyland Paris – with the Finale held at the home of English... Read More

So you want to be a rugby coach?

Becoming a world-class rugby coach requires bags of experience. However if you know the game and have the right attitude, there’s nothing stopping you from getting started! But before you get out on the training field with your team, there are a number of key pointers all coaches should bear in mind. So whatever age and skill you’re working with, spare some time for these top tips … Warm up, warm down From a young age kids at school are taught the importance of warming up and warming down. As... Read More