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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 the Isthmian’s colours – meaning a fluo ball being used throughout the season. Ryman League chairman – Nick Robinson – is delighted to be teaming up with the leading brand Mitre, who also supply numerous other competitions around the world including the English Football League, Scottish Premier League and Welsh Premier League in the UK alone. Robinson said of the partnership: ‘’We have been very impress
Ryman League chairman Nick Robinson is pictured shaking hands on the new partnership with Chris Degnan of Mitre.
There is no denying it, football is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. It requires 90 minutes of mud, sweat and (occasionally) tears - and that is not to mention the hours of training put in before the game. There are a number of key attributes and areas that top-flight footballers must work on if they are to make it at the top level. The effort players put in on the training ground will echo their performance on the pitch. So footballers, take note, here is our guide to training like a pro ... S
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 and
Rangers' Kenny Miller in action with Hearts' Alim Ozturk.
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 a coach,
Head coach Eddie Jones (L) and assistant coach Mark Ella watch players warm up before the start of their game against Australia.j
You’re in shape, you’re pumped up and your team is ready. It’s time to vacate the changing room and lead your team to victory. But as you head onto the pitch one thing becomes clear. You’re going to be up against the elements! Playing football in the wind and rain can be fun, so long as you’re prepared. If not, it’s a completely different ball game! The wind and rain show no mercy, so make sure the elements are on your side with this list of essentials to bear in mind. 1. Footwear is key Whether you’re t
Rangers' Kenny Miller in action with Hearts' Alim Ozturk.
WIN a brand new kit for your junior football team and EFL tickets! Through its partnership with the EFL, Wickes believes support begins at home, so in turn it wants to support local communities that are passionate about football. And where better to start than the potential EFL stars of tomorrow? Wickes have teamed up with the EFL and Mitre to support grassroots football and offer the ultimate kit giveaway for junior sides, with 72 sets of brand new kit to be won by the lucky winners and their footy teams. All you need to do is tell Wickes why your nomination really deserves it. Maybe the Under 7’s share kit with the Under 10’s? Or perhaps you’ve a great story about how your head coach is helping grow girls’ team in the area? Maybe the team is working hard to develop the skills of the kids both on and off the pitch? Whatever your team’s story, we want to hear it. Lucky entrants will win the following to kit out their junior football team, in the design and colour of their choice*. · 13 outfield football kits including shirts, shorts and socks · 2 goalkeeper kits including shirts, sh
The end of the month is here, and that means it’s time for one thing and one thing only - Mitre’s goal of the month! This month the EFL and SPL have shown no mercy when it comes to providing us with some spectacular goals. So without further ado, here is our top 3 goals of the month … Bronze Hogan - Brentford Clenching the bronze spot this month is Scott Hogan for Brentford. Well, the bronze shou
Skip to 2.10 to see Hogan clench bronze.
Skip to 0.10 to see Lookman slot one away for Charlton Athletic.
The role of a goalkeeper is quite simple, protect your net. But with a team of 11 players raining down shot after shot, this can be quite a challenge. The goalkeeper has one of the hardest positions on the pitch. Their team, the coaches and their fa
Adam Smith of Northampton Town Makes a diving save.
On the eve of the most poignant date of the year for anyone involved in military conflict, the Woodland Trust and National Football Museum played host to a significant and moving event of its own in Manchester. Our 'For Club and Country' partnership pays tribute to footballing heroes who took part in the First World War and a dinner at the National Football Museum in Manchester was the official l
A film including Sir Trevor Brooking CBE was shown to all attendees.
Six empty seats were later identified as representing the lost service-people.
A video including Jamie Vardy and Danny Drinkwater was shown, showing their respect for the cause.
Within any football match, the long-ball is going to utilised time and time again. Whether you see an opening upfield or are clearing your line, the long-ball is a skill in its own right - and one that all players need to master! The long pass helps your team cover as much ground in the shortest time, and is perfect for switching play up. Below we’ve come up with some top tips for mastering the long-ball. The preparation Before you go for the long pass, have an idea off your intended target. Being able to get the ball upfield is one thing, but having it reach your intended target is a whole different ball game. Most of the time you will be under pressure from an opponent, so you’ll be limited for time. Try to understand where your teammates are and their intended direction. It might be the case that they’ll want you to play a through-ball, so you’ll need to aim just in front of them so they can run on. The approach The approach will all depend on the position you're in and the amount
AFC Wimbledon’s Alfie Egan and Oxford United’s Chey Dunkley in action.

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