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Peter Reid Backs Plan To Boost Sports Participation

Fri 26th Sep 2014 | Football Governance

Former England, Everton and Bolton footballer Peter Reid, who has also previously had spells managing Sunderland, Manchester City and the Thai national team, has announced that he will be offering his coaching services to an amateur football club for a day in order to promote grassroots participation in England.

Following the announcement by FA Chairman Greg Dyke that he is assessing proposals to reduce the number of non-European Union players by 50 percent, Reid decided to launch a competition that will see him take control of an amateur team for a match, saying: "It's the perfect way to engage those involved with English football at its most elementary level."

Reid, currently managing Indian club Mumbai City FC, is passionate about promoting football uptake both at home and abroad, and is looking forward to lending his expertise to one lucky team.

Reid said: “Boosting participation in sport, and particularly football, is something that I’ve always been keen to promote. Grassroots football is the backbone of the game and I’m delighted to be able to offer my knowledge to assist an amateur team, whether it be a Sunday league outfit or a group of kids just getting into the sport.

“I started kicking a ball about on the King George V playing fields in Huyton and that’s where I fell in love with the game. I’d be out there all day with my mates just having a laugh, and at the end of the day that’s what football is all about.

“I’ve been involved with professional football for many years now and the game has been good to me, so I’m more than happy to give something back. Football is an integral part of this country’s culture and it’s important that we continue to build and grow the sport at every level.”

The competition will be running in conjunction with sports social network BreatheSport via the company’s Twitter account and will take place for two weeks from Saturday 20th September. Entry is completely free (simply retweet the relevant post and follow @BreatheSport), and the winner will be announced following the competition’s conclusion. 

The prize includes a pre, post and half time team talk, pre-match training and tactics, an informal Q&A session after the game, a replica Mumbai City FC kit for each member of the team and a copy of FIFA 15 for Peter’s Man of the Match.

“This competition is to raise awareness of the importance of grassroots football in this country and while I’m expecting it to be a fun experience, I’ll still be going out to get a win!

“With Wembley having been granted the honour of hosting the final and both semi-finals of Euro 2020, there’s no better time to try and increase involvement in football within all age groups.”

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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