Grass Roots Football LIVE 2009 has been hailed as a major success following a record attendance at the NEC last weekend.
Bigger and better than ever, Grass Roots Football LIVE 2009 attracted the largest number of grass roots football participants ever to congregate at a single event.
Nearly 20,000 managers, coaches, volunteers, administrators, officials and players from grass roots football came together in Birmingham to mix with legends of the game.
Event ambassadors former England and Aston Villa manager Graham Taylor, former England under 21 boss Peter Taylor, former Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway and many other leading Academy directors and coaches from the professional game hosted coaching clinics and seminars in front of a knowledgeable football crowd.
Peter Taylor, now manager at Wycombe Wanderers, said; “This is my first year at Grass Roots Football LIVE and I have been very, very impressed.
“The atmosphere has been electric all weekend and there is such a great thirst for knowledge.
“It is fantastic to see such a passion for football at the grass roots level and this event has made it easy for them to mix with some of the stars of the game and pick up some tips which I hope they will take back to their own clubs.
Graham Taylor, who was making his third appearance at the event, said; “Grass Roots Football LIVE just gets bigger and bigger and I am delighted to see so many people at the event, I am already looking forward to 2010!”
The legendary managers were joined by a long list of ex-players including Chris Kamara, Paul Merson, Neville Southall, Steve Claridge, Don Goodman, Tony Cottee, Paul Davis, Ron Harris and the UK’s top football freestyler, Billy Wingrove.
Managing Director of Grass Roots Football LIVE, Bob Rosen, said; “We are delighted that 2009 has been the biggest and best Grass Roots Football LIVE ever.
“The NEC was packed ever day with football enthusiasts involved in all aspects of grass roots football.
“The passion for football is unrelenting and that has been reflected in the size of the event, the number of exhibitors and the fact that nearly 20,000 people joined us at the NEC to make it a memorable weekend.”
Plans are already in place to make 2010, the year of the World Cup in South Africa, even bigger.
Visit www.grassrootsfootball.co.uk for more information about the event.
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