Football development

Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League 2020/21 affiliation now open

The Hackney Marshes Saturday Youth Football League (HMSYFL) affiliation process for the 2020/21 season is now open.

In the 2019/20 season, the HMSYFL saw over 2000 players from the ages of 7 to 17 registered to 152 teams who played in the League. The League is a centralised one which means that all of the matches are played at Hackney Marshes or Mabley Green.

If you are a club who is interested in affiliation to the HMSYFL, or you require more information about the league, then please contact Michael Cole at or 020 8356 2089.

Arsenal FC in the Community working with us to develop football in the borough

As part of the football development plan for the borough, Hackney supports the delivery of Arsenal in the Community’s Girl’s Kicks initiative. Prior to coronavirus (Covid 19) and the lockdown, the free sessions were taking place at Mabley Green Astro on a Thursday evening at 5.30 to 7pm.

We hope to have the sessions up and running again in the not too distant future. In the meantime for more information on the Arsenal Girls Kicks session please contact Ashley King on 07894 808260 or

During the lockdown period Arsenal in the Community has also been sharing access to some of its educational and well-being opportunities:

Additional football training, education and exercise lockdown activities can also be found by visiting the Hackney Spirit keep active page.

Update on permitted football training from the London FA

On 1 June the London FA issued more information on what can be permitted in terms of a football training session and how it can be delivered in a way that will adhere to Government guidance.

Football footwork and exercise drills

Below you can find a number of links that will give you some tips on football drills and sessions whether you wish to train at home or outdoors.


Page updated on: 24 June 2020