Sky Sports News shows you how to take up football in the first of our four-part series

Last Updated: 05/01/13 6:21pm

We're going to do things a little differently on Get Involved in 2013.

Every Saturday in 2012 we showed you the benefits of playing a particular sport, but this year we will be taking an even more in-depth look at some of the activities you can enjoy.

Over the course of a four-week period, Sky Sports News will tell you how to get involved in a sport and highlight some local heroes who have helped develop it in their communities.


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We will also give you the key pointers for how to play the sport and, finally, reveal how you can stay involved,whatever your age or ability.

We kicked off, quite literally, with football, which despite being regarded as Britain's most popular game, has seen minimal increase in participation levels over recent years.

"There are so many distractions with video games and participation levels are not as high as they were when I was young."

Alan Moogan


Recent figures released by Sport England revealed that just under two million males aged over the age of 16 play football once a week.

And Alan Moogan, a football in the community officer in Southport, who used to play with Man United talisman Wayne Rooney, thinks he knows why that number is not higher.

"A few years ago we would play on the pitch in our teams and then carry on playing when we got home in front of the house," said Moogan. "But now there are so many distractions with video games, and participation levels are not as high as they were when I was young."

However, it is hoped that initiatives such as the London Soccer Dome, an indoor facility in Greenwich, can keep youngsters playing football, no matter how inclement the weather.

"There is no poor weather in the Dome," said one of the arena's staff members, Anthony White. "There is no slipping and sliding and no rain affecting anything."

For more information on how you can get involved in football, hit the video at the top of the screen, which includes the thoughts of FA director Sir Trevor Brooking, and then tune in next week as we profile some local footballing heroes.

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