Non-League Day was set up in 2010 as a social media experiment. It has now grown to become an annual part of the football calendar, backed by Premier League and Football League clubs, MPs, celebrities, media organisations, charities including ourselves and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans that decide to support their clubs on the day.
Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day gives fans across the country the chance to see what’s going on at a club that might be on their doorstep which they may be unfamiliar with or even knew existed.
Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively run by volunteers and money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community, including those for disabled supporters. The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that of the premiership for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down.
For many supporters of non-league football it’s the sense of belonging and preservation of traditional footballing values that remains so appealing. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm on a Saturday, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand/sit unsegregated anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game and their community.
Non-League Day isn’t about supporting just another team, it’s about supporting grassroots football which will ensure the foundations of the game in this country stay strong into the future. Non-League Day is also a celebration of the diversity, passion and commitment that makes football in this country so popular and enduring to all fans alike.
You can make a difference on Non-league Day. Why not find a match to visit and check out the facilities at http://nonleagueday.co.uk/map.html or promote the event http://nonleagueday.co.uk/promote.html
We would like any disabled fans that visit a non league game this Saturday to add fans comments to our website under the relevant club, if the club visited is not on our website please email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org