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The FA has agreed changes to mixed football age groups for 2013/14 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

The FA has agreed changes to mixed football age groups for 2013/14 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Players, referees, leagues, coaches and volunteers in Essex have another opportunity to share their thoughts on local grassroots football.

The latest online survey organised by the Essex FA and The FA requires responses via by a Sunday June 30 deadline.

Invites are extended for people to contribute opinions on the condition of the game across the county, including areas of strength which can be built upon and difficulties being experienced which require analysis.

The questionnaire asks participants how they feel their Association can ensure they’re providing a service to ‘stakeholders’ across the region.

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By developing clubs throughout the area, as well as acting as their governing body, the Essex FA works mostly amongst the amateur sector of football, looking for new participants and ensuring the game is safe and enjoyable for all.

The Development Team provides coaching and funding to children and adults throughout the area.

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Included within this sphere is the award of the FA Charter Standard, progressing female football, the promotion of minority groups within the game and the running of a series of courses and workshops to aid coaching standards.

Strategies are in place to continue work in both the short and long terms, and the Governance Team are also on hand between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, to provide a helping hand for volunteers.

With around 1,600 clubs affiliated yearly from the office - roughly 4,700 teams - this is a comprehensive task.

Essex’s County Cup competitions are organised every campaign, while representative teams are fielded to face other counties at under-18s, under-16s and women’s levels.

The county’s 1,800-strong referee list and schools football are coordinated as well, in addition to welfare case management and safeguarding children.

The survey can be accessed at

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