How to start your own five-a-side team
Starting your own five-a-side team can be a great way to get fit, have fun and meet new friends – not to mention make the most of the summer weather. If you are wondering how to get started, read on for some ideas to help you on your way, from finding teammates to tracking down a place to practice and play.
Find your team
The first thing you’ll need to do is find your teammates! Maybe you already have a sibling or friend who you can rely on, or perhaps you can share your quest for a five-a-side footy team on social media sites? You also might want to look a little closer to home – try posting a sign at your workplace.
It’s important to bear in mind that you’ll need more than five players – you’ll want to be able to spell each other off, and you’ll certainly want a bit of backup in case one of your regulars is injured or becomes ill.
If you need to look beyond your friendship circle – or you want to use footy as a good reason to meet some new mates – advertising can be a great option. Sites like Gumtree can be a great way to build your network, or you might want to try out Twitter – you can use a hashtag to find other like-minded people in your local area.
Join a league
Five-a-side isn’t very much fun unless you have another team to play against – and the best way of injecting a bit of healthy competition into your game is joining a local league.
There are plenty of places where you can find more resources to help you on your footie journey. Your local council is a great place to start – they may be able to direct you to existing leagues in your area. Another excellent option is to get in touch with your local recreation and leisure centre – they may have facilities you can use and a league you can join. Here, you may even be able to play five-a-side year-round at an indoor venue.
You might want to visit a few venues before you make your final decision – keep an eye out for details like the state of the changing room and cloakroom bench seating, as these could make your games more comfortable.
They say that practice makes perfect – and even if you are in a league that plays just for fun, regularly getting out to kick a ball around can help keep you in great shape, foster your sense of teamwork and can improve your game!
Your league agreement may allow you to access its facilities for dedicated practice time, but if it doesn’t – or you just fancy spending a bit of extra time working on your skills – you can always grab your mates and visit a local park. Make sure you check the posted signs about how common spaces can be used, and if you are in doubt about where and when you can practice, your council should be able to answer your questions.
Whether you decide to get competitive or just have fun, starting a five-a-side team could be easier than you think! So get planning – and be prepared to have a great time!