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A few musings and the latest goings-on from 5aside HQ

Above Head Height

Posted by admin on 16th March 2017

We are delighted to have James Brown write us a guest blog this month, featuring an extract from his excellent book ‘Above Head Height’. The book is about five-a-side football, of course, but it’s more about the social bond that playing football brings which is captured brilliantly throughout the book. The poignant extract below is from the opening chapter.   We Cremated…

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Christmas Cheer for Chigoli – Our Brixton Tournament is back!

Posted by admin on 11th November 2016

When it comes to spreading Christmas cheer we try to do our bit here at 5aside.org. For us, this time of year is all about mulled wine, mince pies and hosting our Charity Christmas Tournament. To avoid adding to the disappointment that has been 2016, we’re back in action with a tournament taking place at Brixton Ferndale Centre on Sunday 18th December. Details…

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Thursday night is football night – 20 years of Old Robsonians

Posted by admin on 19th August 2016

Words by Nick Frith To borrow an old phrase, there is nothing certain in life except death and taxes. However, in the 5-a-side world there is one addition needed for this phrase to really ring true; Old Robsonians. The team originally formed all the way back in 1996, long before many of their opponents were ever paying taxes, and with…

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Euro 2016 – A team-by-team guide

Posted by admin on 10th June 2016

Words by Nick Frith Euro 2016 is finally here. As always, the backstories have been written, replica shirts purchased and days off work booked (who’s idea was it for England vs Wales to be a 2pm kick off on a Thursday?!). The excitement is reaching its peak with kick off of the opening game just a few hours away. This…

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The Usual Suspects – Types of 5-a-sider

Posted by admin on 29th April 2016

Words by Andy Peterson As is the case with all team sports, different players have different roles within a squad, and we’re not talking about positions on the field (well, not exclusively.). We’ve taken the time to watch, observe and study our 5-a-side leagues in an attempt to highlight the most common types of 5-a-siders out there, so have a…

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Mental Health – The hidden benefits of 5-a-side

Posted by admin on 18th March 2016

Words by Nick Frith For years mental health has been a subject barely mentioned in football, and even less so in the pub. The classic British stiff upper lip has been in place, with the commonly used footballing phrases of ‘Man Up’ and ‘Run It Off’ making most blokes approach to mental issues quite clear. However, recently this has finally…

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New Website Features

Posted by admin on 29th January 2016

Words by Nick Frith Here at 5aside.org we are always trying to make the football experience as easy as possible for all of our teams. After all, nobody’s 5-a-side game should be stressful; it should be the highlight of the week! It’s often the same old stresses that appear – being short of a player, teammates not letting you know…

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