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Three Lions Euro embarrassment triggers rise in London football bookings


MyLocalPitch’s report conducted through the European Championships showed a 20% increase in football bookings following England’s embarrassing exit to Iceland.

Rise in London football bookings

London’s footballers clearly disillusioned with the state of the national team felt they could do better and voted with their feet -it’s not hard to see why!

The Three Lions reached an all time low losing 2-1 to the Icelanders, but at least Roy Hodgson’s former gang inspired London’s grassroots footballers to get off the sofa.

England have now only won six games since Euro 1996 in knockout international football. Dig a little deeper and one of those came via the penalty shoot-out lottery and another was a last-gasp winner.

Adding to that it’s only  four victories in their previous 15 games at major tournaments and they have never won a Euros knockout game outright.

Clearly grassroots football lovers have had enough and are flooding to facilities across London to take their anger out on rival teams and footballs.

Are you one of those angry, embittered football players at the end of their tether? Perhaps even more so after Sam Allardyce’s appointment? Well MyLocalPitch as ever is here to help.

We’ve put together a list of the best football venues in London available for hire whether you’re after one-off friendly games, competitive fixtures or a league competition.

Check out these venues and perhaps you might just get into Big Sam’s plans!

Three Corners Adventure Playground

Ideal 5-a-side 3G football pitch available for hire located close to Angel and Farringdon stations. There are changing rooms onsite and floodlights making it possible to play throughout the year.

Calthorpe Project Sports Facilities

Stunning astroturf football pitch which can be booked for five-a-side and six-a-side matches. Anyone travelling here should get to Kings Cross or Russell Square. The sports venue operates a pay and display system and floodlights are in operation.

Marcus Lipton Community Enterprise

Footballers looking to hire either an indoor football pitch or outdoor area should get down to Marcus Lipton Community Enterprise. The sports facility caters for five and six-a-side games and the closest stations are Brixton tube and Loughborough Junction Overground.

New River Sport and Fitness

New River has a huge selection of football booking options to keep even the most picky player happy. The shorter format pitches allow for five, six, seven and eight-a-side fixtures and there is also an 11-a-side pitch. The surfaces are all immaculate 3G astroturf, there is free parking, changing rooms, floodlights and even a bar.


BY - Will Chrimes

22 July 2016