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Innovative 'match-maker' app getting footballers back in the game

Today marks the official launch of Birmingham FA’s Get Your Boots On – a new platform designed to help grassroots footballers find their perfect match and transform the way the grassroots game connects.

Get Your Boots On takes the hassle out of the game by bringing players and teams together based on preferred playing times, locations, and formats, ultimately helping them find their perfect football ‘match’ on their mobile, tablet or smartphone.

Today former Villa and England midfielder Lee Hendrie gave his support to "Get Your Boots On" saying the online platform would transform the way grassroots football connects.

He said: "I was lucky enough to play at the top level so when I retired and took up Sunday League football people knew about me and approached me to play for them.

"But imagine a lad moves to a new city with his job or university - how does he find a team in a city he doesn't know and how do teams struggling for players advertise the fact they need a striker or a goalkeeper? Get Your Boots On does it all and is perfect as most players have access to a phone or a tablet."

Registering with Birmingham County FA’s newest initiative at www.bcfabootson.com will enable members of Get Your Boots On to select a specific format of football they wish to play, whether that be a kick-about or a team to join; along with suitable days, times and locations.

In turn, Get Your Boots On, which will exclusively serve over 4,000 Birmingham FA teams, will provide a quick and easy tool for those teams and providers who are looking for players to join them, making access to the game easier for players who might otherwise turn to other forms of recreational sport for fitness and to socialise.

In a pilot period during which 120 players registered for the service, 68 of them found a match.

Chad Ehlertsen, Birmingham FA Chief Executive said “There is real focus to support the male grassroots game by ensuring teams have large enough squads and we also see a real opportunity to grow and develop women’s participation. We believe this new website can make it simple for those who want to join or get back into the game to ‘get their boots on’ again”.

Birmingham FA, which is the largest County FA in the country, is the first to launch such an initiative. This comes after announcing that their new 4 year strategy is focused on boosting participation, developing players, and improving facilities.

GET YOUR BOOTS ON matches footballers to football … simple!

Step 1: Sign up to www.bcfabootson.com and search
Step 2: Find your football match
Step 3: Go get your boots on and play

Visit www.bcfabootson.com to register and find out more.