Heskey gets behind grassroots football

Emile Heskey has called on Australians of all ages to get ready to ‘Play Football’ in the 2013 grassroots season.

Newcastle Jets marquee striker Emile Heskey has called on Australians of all ages to get ready to ‘Play Football- in the 2013 grassroots season.

Heskey is one of the faces of Football Federation Australia-s Play Football campaign and appears in a television commercial that encourages grassroots footballers to have fun, make friends, keep active and play football.

The former England international speaks about what playing football means to him.

“Going out on the pitch with your friends is always an amazing feeling,” Heskey said.

“Having that camaraderie brings out the best in everyone, knowing that you-re working together to achieve something.

“Just playing with friends, enjoying the game and having a laugh, you can-t beat it.”

The first step to finding a club or to renew your registration is to visit myfootballclub.com.au, Football Federation Australia's national online registration portal.

More than 550,000 players are expected to register to play outdoor community football in 2013, part of the 1.7 million football participants in Australia.

Each year FFA and its Member Federations and Associations embark on a major campaign to encourage Australians to Play Football. Football players, coaches and grassroots club representatives are the game-s greatest advocates.

This season extra incentive is being offered to current players and clubs to encourage new players to kick-start or restart their football participation.

Players and clubs will be able to share in tens of thousands of dollars worth of prizes including Westfield shopping vouchers, training equipment and Sony products.

To win all you need to do is bring in new recruits or re-sign players who weren-t registered in the 2012 season.

All details on how to enter and win can be found at myfootballclub.com.au.

There is also the chance to win $10,000 for your club by submitting an application for Hyundai Goals for Grassroots (www.goalsforgrassroots.com.au).

The program has already seen over $300,000 donated to worthy clubs around Australia. Selected clubs also get the chance to feature on FOX SPORTS as well as receive their donation on field at a Hyundai A-League game.

In further support of the ‘Play Football- initiative, Round 20 of the Hyundai A-League (7-10 February) will be ‘Play Football- Round.