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  • Writer's pictureSteve Halls

Introducing The Greater Game

Today marks a significant milestone in the realm of youth football as The FA launches The Greater Game campaign. This groundbreaking initiative, aimed at young people aged 12-16 and their families, seeks to instill healthier life choices through the power of football.

CHARS Youth FC is proud to support The Greater Game initiative launched by The FA. This campaign is a fantastic opportunity to promote healthier lifestyles among young people, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

Central to The Greater Game is a grassroots programme developed in collaboration with Nuffield Health, focusing on four fundamental elements: move, eat, sleep, and think. This programme equips coaches with the tools to integrate these principles into their coaching sessions, fostering healthier habits among young players. It's a proactive approach that transcends the boundaries of sport, nurturing well-rounded individuals both on and off the field.

Chairman Joe Westmacott expresses his full support for The Greater Game, stating, "Encouraging our youth to make healthier life choices is crucial, and football is an excellent platform to inspire them. This initiative aligns perfectly with our values at CHARS Youth FC, where we prioritise the holistic development of our players."

Technical Director Steve Halls echoes Joe's sentiments, emphasising the importance of embedding key principles such as movement, nutrition, sleep, and mental well-being into coaching delivery. "As coaches, we have a responsibility not only to develop players' football skills but also to nurture their overall well-being. The Greater Game provides a framework for us to do just that," Steve remarks.

The Greater Game couldn't have come at a more critical juncture. In an age where sedentary lifestyles and poor dietary habits are increasingly prevalent among young people, initiatives like these are essential to combatting the health challenges of our time. Through The Greater Game, The FA aims to empower young individuals to take control of their health, one small step at a time.

The Greater Game aims to address concerning statistics, such as the declining levels of physical activity among young people and the rise in childhood obesity. By empowering young individuals to make healthier choices, both on and off the pitch, we can contribute to their long-term physical and mental well-being.

We believe that initiatives like The Greater Game have the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of young people. Through the power of football, we can inspire positive change and promote healthier, happier futures for our players and their families.

Together with The FA and Nuffield Health, we are committed to fostering a culture of well-being within our club and beyond. Let's kick off this journey toward healthier living and celebrate the joy of football while doing so!

Steve Halls



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