People who are interested in playing football but unable to commit to full-time training programmes are being encouraged to help shape a new pay-as-you-play opportunity in Banbury.
Cherwell District Council has teamed up with the Oxfordshire FA to address a shortage of casual 11-a-side football opportunities across the town.
They have launched an online survey seeking feedback from those who would be interested in supporting a new pay-as-you-play club and will use the results to launch the casual club.
Councillor George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “There are a lot of men and women who are eager to play 11-a-side football but who cannot commit to the training and fixtures of a club due to work or personal commitments. This notion would offer a more relaxed approach, whereby people can come along and play as and when suits them, without having to commit to anything long term.
“In launching this initiative we want to get it right and ensure it will meet the needs of as many people as possible. By completing the survey we will be able to get a better idea of the costs, times and dates that will either encourage or deter people so we can build the new club around those who will be using it.”
In forming the club people would be able to turn up alone or with friends and take part in casual 11-a-side games. They would not be required to subscribe or commit long term; instead they would simply pay for each session they attended.
The survey asks people to specify preferred dates, the length of time for each half and costs per session. It is available to complete online until 1 January 2016.
Sarah Wood, the FA’s football development manager, said: “People’s lifestyles are changing and we need to ensure that football opportunities adapt to these changes as well. By speaking directly with our football fans in Banbury, we can shape our offer to meet their needs.”
To complete the questionnaire visit http://tiny.cc/banburyfootballsurvey