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FFF was set up in 2017 by six football-loving Hitchin men as a kick-around in the park with 'jumpers for goalposts'. Seven years on, we have nearly 1,000 men and women, all paying subscriptions, playing on professional, floodlit astro pitches and enjoying the amazing social, physical and mental health benefits of playing regular football.
Our sessions are competitive, fun and inclusive: we welcome players of all abilities and fitness. Plus FFF includes summer tournaments, awards evenings, charitable fundraising, offers of international friendlies, mountain biking and Ryder Cup golf tournaments.
FFF is now run by Wayne, Holly, Paige, Jack, Tom and Tom, along with our two admin stars Nat and Lisa. But central to the success of FFF is the support of many other people and organisations, the enthusiasm of all our players and our five founding principles below.
FFF welcomes fathers of all abilities and fitness. We encourage those with less experience and challenge those with more than their fair share with equal positivity and support. The majority of our players are fathers, aged between 30 to early 50’s. We see this as a key factor in our success and our diverse demographic makes for a rich social mix, adding to the positive experience of our players.
Besides the obvious health benefits of playing football for an hour or two every week, we also recognise the important positive mental health contribution that our group provides. Given our demographic and the various stresses and challenges that being a father brings, the social, community factor mixed with a few endorphins (and the odd pint here and there...) provides a positive and proactive way of maintaining physical and mental wellbeing.
Football is, after all, the beautiful game and it’s all about being enjoyed. Yes, we all want to win - but not at the cost of enjoyment or to the detriment of our players and teammates. We will not tolerate any players being overly competitive (both physically or verbally), aggressive or discriminatory in their interactions with other players. We firmly believe that winning should not come at the cost of inclusivity, wellbeing or enjoyment. Where these founding principles are threatened we will act appropriately to protect them.
FFF is delighted to support local good causes and charities. We see this as a very fortunate by-product of being part of a group who all share the same values and principles. As we continue to grow we look forward to being able to further increase the impact we are able to have on positive, local community initiatives.
Anyone paying subs for any FFF sessions (or other FFF scheduled games/tournaments) does so entirely at their own risk. Sole responsibility for any injury, illness or death that may occur or later arise as a result of playing football at a FFF session rests entirely with the individual players. By paying a subscription you agree to the terms of this health and safety policy.
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