Become a FA Mars Just Play centre
If you want to become a part of the Just Play movement and becoming an organiser, or if you'd like to set up your own Just Play centre then you’ve come to the right place!
The FA's aim is to have FA Mars Just Play centres covering the whole country to ensure that anyone who wants to get involved has an opportunity to do so and with your help we can achieve this.
Whether you already have a group of interested participants or you’re looking to provide an opportunity for those in your local community then we want to hear from you and in return we can offer a range of benefits to getting involved:
Equipment pack – Each centre will receive 5 Nike Footballs, a set of branded bibs, cones and a marketing banner giving you all you need for a successful session.
Digital marketing library – You will be provided with access to a range of digital marketing assets including A4 & A3 Posters, A5 Leaflets, Social, Digital & Email Signatures to help you promote your new centre.
Just Play organiser kit – Each organiser will receive Nike branded kit including t-shirt, shorts, pants and rain jacket to ensure you look the part, whatever the weather!
Just Play organiser support – Guidance and support provided to all session leads to help maximise delivery.
FA events platform – A new digital platform upon which you simply and easily organise your kickabouts, leaving more time for the fun stuff, like playing football.
National promotion – The FA & Mars will help promote the programme nationally helping to attract potential new participants to your kickabouts.
Local County FA support – Our dedicated Berks & Bucks FA development team are on hand to provide additional support to make your centre a success.
We recommend getting in touch with us first before making your application, so we can answer any questions and talk you through the process. Just use the details at the bottom of this page to contact us.
In return for all that support we have some minimum requirements that we need to know are in place in order to get your FA Mars Just Play Centre up and running.
These are focused on creating the safe, high quality environment that we know your future participants are looking for and include:
- Each session should be supervised by a Just Play organiser of 18 years or over with a current Level One Certificate in Coaching Football & FA Emergency Aid Certificate.
- Completion of a full risk assessment before the first session takes place that is regularly updated. We will provide you with a template and support for how to complete.
- Delivery for a minimum of 32 weeks across the year.
- Provision of adequately stocked first aid kit at all sessions
- Submission of attendance records via the Events Platform in a timely manner
- Ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place (including insurance, Health & Safety and Equal Opportunities policies).
If you have any questions relating to the information above you can contact The FA on firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, begin your journey to becoming a FA Mars Just Play centre by applying today; just click the link below to start (please be aware you will need an FA Number to start your application - don't worry if you don't have one, you can create one along the way or retrieve a forgotten password if required).
Frequently asked questions about Just Play sessions
The kickabouts will be taking place at Just Play! Centres, sports centres, football pitches, five-a-side centres, community centres, colleges or universities near you.
Times will vary from one centre to another and across the country. Use the search area below to find a centre near you. Although you'll find that kickabouts tend to take place on the same day and same time each week you don't have to commit to a weekly game. Keeping it casual is what Just Play! is all about.
They're for everyone who, for one reason or another has stopped playing or has ever wanted to play football. So if it's a good old-fashioned kickabout you're looking for, the people at Snickers and The FA have made it as easy a 'one-two' to turn up and start playing the way that suits you.