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In The Box

By England Football
In The Box is the England Football podcast.

Join your hosts Tom Lee and Charlotte Richardson every month for the lowdown on everything football in England. From grassroots pitches to the hallowed turf of Wembley we cover it all, literally!

We're shining a light on the incredible people, clubs and leagues that make football special across the country.

We've got the top tips, amazing stories and behind the scenes news that you need.

All this and more, In The Box!
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S3 Ep4 | A Winning Mentality
A Winning Mentality is important in football right? Of course, but it's so much more than what happens after kick-off. Charlotte invited us down to Bromley FC , her local club, to find out how they've made winning part of everything they do. From the Chairman and First Team coach all the way through to the junior teams and community work, winning is about so much more than the result at full time. Find out how Bromley FC are standing on the brink of the Football League and silverware whilst maintaining a focus on being built to last. All this and more, In The Box! Want to get in touch with a great story we should be covering?  Drop us an email to: clubsprogramme@thefa.com To sign up to the in-depth knowledge to make you league and club built to last visit: https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events
28:03
May 16, 2022
S3 Ep3 | England's Greatest XI ?
England’s Greatest XI? Do you know the value of volunteers to our game? Ever thought about the countless ways volunteers help our leagues and clubs play their way? On a visit to Morpeth Town AFC, In The Box presenters Tom and Charlotte turn the spotlight on our game’s invaluable volunteers. It’s perfect timing, with 2022’s England Football and McDonalds Grassroots Football Awards nomination season upon us. Joining us to give the inside track are grassroots volunteers champion Paul Kirton, Steve Bell and Ian Coates, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Northumberland Football Leagues, and last year’s National Award winner Michael Pieri of Omonia Youth FC speaking with England Men’s manager Gareth Southgate. All this and more, In The Box. NOMINATE YOUR HEROES now : https://www.englandfootball.com/run/Grassroots-Football-Awards Want to get in touch with a great story we should be covering? Drop us an email to  clubsprogramme@thefa.com To sign up to the in-depth knowledge to make you league and club built to last visit https://englandfootballgrassrootshub
26:54
April 11, 2022
S3 Ep2 | A League of our own
Did you know over 45,000 players take part in the Non League Football System in England? It's also where some of the purest football is played, according to our expert guest Tony Incenzo, who's been to over 2000 different grounds as both his passion and as a reporter for Sky Sports and talkSport. Tom and Charlotte are also joined by Laurence Jones, Head of the NLS at The FA and special hosts @Harborough Town FC as they learn more about this level of the game ahead of Non League day on the 26th March 2022.  All this and more, In The Box. Want to get in touch with a great story we should be covering?  Drop us an email to: clubsprogramme@thefa.com To sign up to the in-depth knowledge to make you league and club built to last visit: https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events
33:28
March 14, 2022
S3 Ep1 | Life's a pitch
In The Box is back and bigger than ever for Season 3. Did you know that over 90% of football clubs play on grass pitches? Well, when Tom and Charlotte found out they hit the road to get the best tips and tricks to keep your pitch looking perfect all through the season.   In this episode we visit Mowbray Rangers FC, we hear from ' the Messi of mowing and growing' John Ledwidge, Head of Sports Turf and Grounds at Leicester City FC and we partnered up with the Football Foundation who are on a mission to unlock the power of your pitch with their PitchPower web app.  All this and more, In The Box. Want to get in touch with a great story we should be covering? Drop us an email to: clubsprogramme@thefa.com To sign up to the in-depth knowledge to make you league and club built to last visit: https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events If you'd like to find out more about the fantastic Football Foundation PitchPower app: https://footballfoundation.org.uk/pitchpower Ready to jump into the Groundskeeping Community for even more tips and tricks: https://footballfoundation.hivelearning.com/join
25:33
February 28, 2022
EP 12 | The best bits of Season 2
Tom and Charlotte round up Season 2 with a look back at some of their favourite interviews and the best tips from their travels. We revisit the Grassroots Football Awards at Wembley, take a stop at Hashtag United before hearing from Baroness Sue Campbell ahead of the Womens Euros this summer. There's also a look ahead to Season 3 which promises to bigger and better than ever! All this and more, In The Box. To get in touch: clubsprogramme@thefa.com Visit the League and Club Hub on Youtube for more content: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheGrassrootsFootballHub Make sure you're subscribed so you can be the first to hear the launch of Season 3 very soon!
15:32
January 28, 2022
Mini Series | England Football Accredited | Creating Hashtag United with Spencer Owen
Meet Spencer Carmichael-Brown, aka Spencer Owen or Spencer FC, the Co-Chair of Hashtag United, one of the fastest growing clubs in the Country. Tom Lee and Charlotte Richardson caught up with Spencer to find out what the club stands for, how he aims to make the club sustainable and why being part of his community is important to him. Spencer runs his own YouTube channel, Spencer FC, as well as presenting and commentating for FIFA Esports. You'll find it all, In The Box. Get in touch - mailto:clubsprogramme@thefa.com Book on to our upcoming webinars - https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events
36:10
December 10, 2021
EP 11 | Hashtag Volunteers
Tom's back on the road and for #NationalVolunteersDay he took his job literally; so he's at Hashtag United  to meet some incredible volunteers.  Truly the lifeblood of football - it's the volunteers who make sure everyone can play in our leagues and clubs. Tom is joined by volunteers who range from the new recruits through to the 30 year veterans. All that and more from one of the fastest growing clubs in the country, Hashtag United . You'll find it all, In The Box. Get in touch - mailto:clubsprogramme@thefa.com Book on to our upcoming webinars - https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events
16:19
December 03, 2021
Mini Series | Women and Girls Football | Part 2: A lifetime of changing the game with Sue Campbell
Welcome to our second special women and girls mini series of In The Box. This episode Charlotte meets Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA Director of Women’s Football. We follow Sues entry in to sport and how she came to be involved in football. Why she sees football as the best way to make change in our country and some of the ways she's shaped that with her team.  All this and more, In The Box. For more on the #LetGirlsPlay campaign why not watch or listen to our full In The Box episode – https://youtu.be/yJ_01Q2826Q To ask any questions – clubsprogramme@thefa.com Book on to our webinars to make you the best leagues and clubs - https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events
34:18
November 19, 2021
Mini Series | Women and Girls Football | Part 1: Making more opportunities with Kelly Simmons
Welcome to the first in our special women and girls mini series of In The Box. This episode Charlotte gets the chance to sit down with Kelly Simmons, The FA Director of the Women’s Professional Game. We get inside Kelly’s career and how The FA are planning for the future gamechangers. More opportunities for more women and girls to play football at any level they choose. Plus how winning the Euros next summer could be a springboard to equal access and the success Kelly’s already seeing. All this and more, In The Box. For more on the #LetGirlsPlay campaign why not watch or listen to our full In The Box episode – https://youtu.be/yJ_01Q2826Q To ask any questions – clubsprogramme@thefa.com Book on to our webinars to make you the best leagues and clubs - https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events
20:58
November 12, 2021
EP 10 | #LetGirlsPlay
We want girls to play football! This month on In The Box, Tom puts Charlotte on the other end of the questions to explain a project close to her heart. Plus the team are joined by Gamechangers who are making a difference in their leagues, clubs and communities, getting more girls playing football.   It's all about the new #LetGirlsPlay campaign, what it's about, who it's for and how to get involved and make a difference. All of this and more, In The Box. Visit: https://www.englandfootball.com/letgirlsplay Make sure to sign up to our latest webinars to help discover your future Gamechangers: https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events If you’ve got any questions or you’d like us to feature your club on a future episode, get in touch!   clubsprogramme@thefa.com
38:05
October 29, 2021
EP 9 | Unpacking the Football Leadership Diversity Code
Welcome back to another episode of In The Box.  This month we unpack the Football Leadership Diversity Code for the non-professional game. Tom and Charlotte go behind the scenes at St. George’s Park to talk about how the code has been designed, what it means for the grassroots game and what it aims to achieve over the next 5 to 10 years. Edleen John, Diversity and Inclusion Director and James Kendall, Director of Football Development join the episode to give us the low down on the new Football Leadership Diversity Code and how it will help the game within non-league and grassroots football to be more diverse and inclusive both on and off the pitch. To read or find out more about the Football Leadership Diversity Code visit www.TheFA.com/FLDC The FLDC is part of the criteria for England Football Accredited clubs, find out more on the criteria and more on the accreditation by visiting www.EnglandFootball.com/Accredited To adopt the policy as an England Football Accredited club, or as an affiliated club, you can do so within the Club Portal by visiting https://clubs.thefa.com/. All this and more, In The Box. Email clubsprogramme@thefa.com if you have any questions or want to suggest a topic for our next podcast.
13:46
October 21, 2021
Mini Series | England Football Accredited – Part One
Welcome to England Football Accredited miniseries brought to you by In The Box. Listen to Episode 1 of this series where Tom Lee talks about the transition from FA Charter Standard to England Football Accreditation and what it means for your accredited league or club. To find out more visit: www.EnglandFootball.com/Accredited For all the support you need to be built to last email: clubaccreditation@thefa.com leagueacccreditation@thefa.com
08:32
October 14, 2021
EP8 | Behind the scenes at the England Football & McDonalds Grassroots Football awards
Welcome to a very special In The Box where we're on the road behind the scenes at this years England Football & McDonalds Grassroots Heroes awards.  Tom and Charlotte meet some of the amazing heroes who went above and beyond in 2021, hearing their stories and how they've made a difference to their communities. Casey Stoney tell's us why this is her favourite event every year and Tom and Charlotte even get on the pitch to watch our winners be celebrated.   All this and more, In The Box. If you want to learn more about the amazing heroes of 2021 then check out: https://www.englandfootball.com/run/Grassroots-Football-Awards If you want to suggest a club we need to visit for a future episode email us at: clubsprogramme@thefa.com. For all the support you need to be built to last: https://www.englandfootball.com/run/leagues-and-clubs
38:06
August 20, 2021
EP7 | Technology supporting your game
More Kick, Less Click, The Technology Supporting your game. In this episode of In The Box we chat to the people who deliver and use the latest technology to help them run and administer the game. They take us through what’s on the horizon, all designed so you can spend more time playing and enjoying the game. Book on to the free In The Box Extra Time webinar on Tuesday 17 August at 7pm as we focus on the updated Matchday app and find out how it saves clubs time organising their game. Learn about Matchday payments by PayPal, helping clubs manage their fees. https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events For more information on the technology available to help your league or club, along with a number of articles and forums to support you, please visit https://grassrootstechnology.thefa.com/support/home To find out more about Matchday and Matchday payments by PayPal please visit https://www.thefa.com/get-involved/matchday or for incentives visit https://www.thefa.com/get-involved/matchday/payments/incentives Any questions or ideas for our next episode? Get in touch at clubsprogramme@thefa.com Be sure to subscribe and hit that like and share button.
27:32
August 06, 2021
EP6 | A football community 30 years in the making
Welcome to Season 2 of In The Box. We’re starting off on the road, out in the grassroots football community for the very first time. In this episode we’re meeting Sporting Khalsa, a cornerstone for their local community just celebrating their 30 year anniversary.  Tom and Charlotte get to meet Jasbir Batt, who’s at the heart of making sure the club is inclusive, and available for all.  And they speak to Kelly Williams, a club volunteer who’s striving to make sure the club has an impact on the lives of its players but also its coaches and volunteers. All of this and more, In The Box. If you’ve got any questions or you’d like us to feature your club on a future episode, get in touch!  clubsprogramme@thefa.com Visit: https://www.englandfootball.com/run/leagues-and-clubs
14:16
July 02, 2021
EP5 | The Beating Heart of football
The final episode in our current season of In The Box. In this episode Charlotte get's the chance to put Tom and The FA National Services team through their paces as they discuss the new England Football and its impact. Tom then gets the chance to chat to Kim from England Football Learning about how the changes will affect and energise qualifications and learning for everyone in football. Found out more about BT Playmaker by England Football:  https://thebootroom.thefa.com/learning/qualifications/the-fa-playmaker Email clubsprogramme@thefa.com if you have any questions or want to suggest a topic for our next podcast. Book on an In The Box Extra Time webinar https://englandfootballgrassrootshub.co.uk/events
41:45
May 27, 2021
EP4 | Survive, Revive, Thrive. Your grassroots football strategy explained
Survive, revive and thrive, taking a closer look at your grassroots football strategy and what it means for the game up until 2024. With insight from James Kendall, The FA Director of football development and Grassroots Football UK owner Paul Kirton. Read more on The FA’s ‘Time For Change’ strategy here https://www.thefa.com/about-football-association/what-we-do/strategy  Read more on The FA’s ‘Survive, Revive, Thrive’ grassroots strategy here https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/mar/26/fa-new-grassroots-strategy-launched-20210327#:~:text=We%20have%20today%20launched%20our,Thrive Found out more about The FA safeguarding children course https://thebootroom.thefa.com/learning/qualifications/fa-safeguarding-children-workshop Email clubsprogramme@thefa.com if you have any queries. Book on an In The Box Extra Time webinar https://thefagrassrootsfootballhub.co.uk/events
37:53
April 29, 2021
Extra Time | Return to Football
In this month’s Extra Time we’ve collected information from experts and grassroots clubs and leagues like you, to help you on this journey as we Return to Football. To get the most out of this webinar share the relevant sections with people in your club or league and be confident and prepared to return to football. We break down the COVID government guidance, what it means for you and where to find more information. We discuss and give advice on how to ease your players back into the football environment. Find out the latest support and funding to apply for.  And hear from other clubs and leagues – getting inspiration and advice to get your grassroots football club and league back as you return to football. Any questions email: Clubsprogramme@thefa.com Be sure to visit TheFA.com/clubsandleagues for more resources and support Guidance: https://www.thefa.com/news/2021/mar/24/fa-guidance-for-return-to-grassroots-football-20210324 Football Foundation Funding https://footballfoundation.org.uk/game-on & https://footballfoundation.org.uk/pitchpower/how-it-works 
55:47
April 01, 2021
EP3 | Growing your grassroots football family
In this episode we talk all about the grassroots football family. The volunteers who make our game special week in, week out. We discuss how to reward and recognise these awesome individuals and groups of people. We reflect on international women’s day and our first virtual The FA and McDonald’s Grassroots Awards 2020. Our 2020 Bobby Moore Award winner gets a surprise from the gaffer, Gareth Southgate! We speak to Sarah Nickless, who has tips to get more young people involved in your club and league. If that wasn't enough we also have former England international and McDonalds fun football ambassador Martin Keown, talking about the importance of volunteers in grassroots football. Get in touch – clubsprogramme@thefa.com Find out more –www.TheFA.com/ClubsandLeagues Sign up for our webinars - https://thefagrassrootsfootballhub.co.uk/events Additional links and resources mentioned in this episode www.TheFA.com/GRFA Go and nominate your Grassroots Hero for 2021  Youth Leadership and Volunteering section on TheFA.com www.thefa.com/get-involved/player/youth/youth-leadership-and-volunteering
53:47
March 26, 2021
Extra Time | Becoming a CASC, Fundraising to Gift Aid
This is In The Box Extra Time, taking a closer look at the support available for Grassroots Football Clubs and Leagues. In this extra time episode we tell you all about fundraising and gift aid benefits of being a CASC or Charity. You'll also understand: What is a CASC, what are the benefits and how do you become one What is gift aid, how to set it up and what you can claim gift aid on Ideas on fundraising  Any questions, leave a comment or email: Clubsprogramme@thefa.com Be sure to visit TheFA.com/clubsandleagues for more resources and support  Take a look at the upcoming webinars available to book on via:  https://thefagrassrootsfootballhub.co.uk  And download resources from this episode here: https://we.tl/t-BJxRwNpJf7
59:09
March 24, 2021
EP2 | The FA Charter Standard. What, How & Why?
Welcome back to In The Box Episode 2, the podcast for grassroots football. In this episode, find out what The FA Charter Standard is and the benefits of accreditation plus the difference it has made to grassroots clubs and leagues.  We speak to Dawn Barnett from Southern Sunday Football League who has helped 80 clubs (and counting) through accreditation. She tells us why she believes in the programme and her top tips to engage clubs.  We also chat to Terry Jennings from Chadderton Park who explains the impact accreditation has had on his players.  Keep listening to find out how accreditation is evolving keeping it fit for purpose for the future. Subscribe to In the Box for great expert advice and tips every month to put your grassroots football club or league at the top of your game.  Get in touch - clubsprogramme@thefa.com  Find out more - thefa.com/clubsandleagues  Sign up for the Grassroots Football webinars - https://thefagrassrootsfootballhub.co.uk
49:24
February 26, 2021
Extra Time | Making the most of what you have
This is Making the most of what you have an In The Box Extra Time episode, where we take a closer look at the support available for grassroots football Clubs and Leagues. In this episode you'll understand: How volunteer organisations such as WCAVA can help support your club or league with relevant services. How to audit within your organisation who is who and what they do to save and make money. How to utilise facilities you either own, lease or hire can lead to partnerships, serving the community and generating an income. How Sport England’s new strategy is community focused and how you can play your part.  Any questions, leave a comment or email: Clubsprogramme@thefa.com Be sure to visit TheFA.com/clubsandleagues for more resources and support Take a look at the upcoming webinars available to book on via:  https://thefagrassrootsfootballhub.co.uk And download resources from this episode here: https://we.tl/t-SoUYAzGlYn
58:03
February 24, 2021
Extra Time | Get Fit For Funding
This is Get Fit For Funding, the first episode of the In The Box Extra Time series where we take a closer look at the support available for Grassroots Clubs and Leagues. This episode is all about funding, at the end you should understand how:  Governance, structures and partnerships are key to be fit for funding How COVID-19 may impact us all The importance of long term planning, offer vs need And some great examples of thinking outside the box  Any questions, leave a comment or email: Clubsprogramme@thefa.com  Be sure to visit TheFA.com/clubsandleagues for more resources and support Take a look at the upcoming webinars available to book on via:  https://thefagrassrootsfootballhub.co.uk  And download resources from this episode here: https://we.tl/t-zDOjjNthso
01:00:40
February 12, 2021
EP1 | Funding, Marketing & Covid 19 for grassroots football
Cash is king, and your grassroots football club relies on it to survive. In this episode of In the Box, you’ll find expert advice on how to manage and boost your club’s cash-flow, along with some brilliant and 100% practical marketing tips to keep you and supporters better engaged during lockdown and beyond. Subscribe to In the Box for great expert advice and tips every month to put your grassroots football club or league at the top of your game. Get in touch - clubsprogramme@thefa.com Find out more - thefa.com/clubsandleagues Subscribe to The Grassroots Football Hub on YouTube - https://bit.ly/2Ye5OdV Sign up for our upcoming webinars - In The Box | Extra Time - https://thefagrassrootsfootballhub.co.uk
36:52
January 29, 2021
Trailer - Inside The Box
In the Box – the all-new FA Grassroots Podcast! It’s all In the Box: everything you need to put your grassroots club or league to the very top of their game! Every month, your hosts Tom Lee (FA National Club Services Manager) and Charlotte Richardson (FA National Club Services Consultant) bring you the latest news and views from across the grassroots game in England. It’s packed with everything you need to know; from how to manage club finances, through to how to ensure your grassroots league survives lockdown and is ready for the re-start. Get exclusive expertise, inspirational tips and advice, plus all the important news. It’s for you, your club and your league. It’s In the Box!
00:54
January 22, 2021