It today unveiled full plans for The Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day on Saturday, August 10 – a call for people to come together in celebration of the nation’s favourite game and one of its most iconic figures.
The day will see 150 events taking place across the country as part of The FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations - providing a showcase of its work at a grassroots level and giving the entire nation the opportunity to get involved with the sport.
The events, being held by County FAs and FA Charter Standard Clubs, will be open to people of all ages and abilities, with the public able to join in everything from tournaments, to skills sessions and coaching workshops.
The day will provide a focus on every aspect of the game including women’s football, disability football, refereeing and coaching.
A highlight of the day will be at the Sir Bobby Robson Football Centre in Ushaw Moor, County Durham, near where the former England manager played as a youngster.
The event will be attended by his widow Lady Elsie and will involve various activities, including a children’s football tournament, a coaching clinic, skills sessions, and the chance to try out futsal.
The FA will also make a donation on the day to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, the charity he established during the last 18 months of his life to fight cancer.
Lady Elsie said: “I’m sure Bob would have been thrilled having a National Football Day named in his honour.
“He was always so incredibly passionate about football. He just loved it, whatever level it was being played at.
“He was lucky enough to play and manage at the top of the game, but he was just as enthusiastic talking to youngsters about their junior club matches.”
“It’s a lovely gesture from the FA and we’re very grateful for their generous support of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation too.”
Source: Newcastle United Mad