The Beautiful Game at your Library

New Zealand Army Soccer TeamMy introduction to football (soccer) was a bloody one. Back in April 1971 Mum signed me up for Burndale United (now called Burnside).  The first game of the season took place at Burnside Park on a sunny Saturday morning. Mum joined the other parents on the sideline as her skinny seriously dis-coordinated 7 year old son took to the field. Several minutes into the game, I was lying flat on my back with blood gushing out my nose. My face had taken a direct hit after a player from my team had kicked the ball hard into my face.

Despite this eventful introduction to football I continued playing well into my adult years. And some. As someone who has been closely connected to the football community I’ve noticed that many players and coaches learn the game only on the field. But there is also much learning to be gained from another source: Your local library!

The library offers some fantastic resources covering all aspects of football. Here you can find books on the rules of football, tactics and strategies, improving individual skills and techniques, the art of coaching, biographies about famous footballers and more.

Search the catalogue for Ryan Nelsen's road to the World Cup Search the catalogue for Soccer Beyond bend it like Beckham

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Central Library Peterborough

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