Non-League Day was set up by James Doe in 2010 as a social media experiment, after being inspired by a pre-season trip to Devon to watch Queens Park Rangers play at Tavistock. 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 and most importantly the non-league clubs themselves and the fans who turn up on the day.
Always scheduled to coincide with an international break, Non-League Day provides a platform for clubs to promote the importance of affordable volunteer led community football while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.
Many non-league clubs are almost exclusively volunteer run, with money taken at the turnstiles often funding thriving youth set-ups, projects and facilities which are of benefit to the whole community.
The level of skill on offer at non-league grounds will never compare to that at the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, for example, but there are other sides to the experience, from which the smaller club will always win hands down. The vast majority of games still kick off at 3pm, ticket prices are realistic, you can often stand (and drink!) anywhere in the ground and will always be guaranteed a warm welcome by people who run their clubs for a love of the game.
Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone.
Non-League day 2018
This year, Non-League day is on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
For further information regarding Non-league day and the nearest Non-League club to where you live, please visit - http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/
Boreham Wood FC
Arsenal has a close relationship with Boreham Wood FC, with our Women’s team and youth sides regularly playing at Meadow Park.
Boreham Wood currently play in the National League – tier five of English football. On Saturday as part of Non-League Day 2018, Boreham Wood are offering all Arsenal season ticket holders half-price entry into their match.
Arsenal season ticket holders just need to bring their season ticket along to the match against Maidenhead United (3pm kick off) and they will get half-priced entry on the gate.
Boreham Wood will also be holding a community session at their astro turf pitch at the Meadow Park stadium from 1.30pm-2.30pm, with registration at 1pm.
Every Under 12 who attends the session will receive a FREE ticket to the match, with a reduced £10 entry cost for their parent / guardian. The children must be accompanied by the parent, or guardian.
The session will feature:
- Small sided games and skills sessions
- A child v parent penalty king competition
- A dads v lads football match with a difference. The dads will be playing in a full-sized football goal, while the lads, will be keeping goal in a tiny target goal.
- Appearances from some Boreham Wood first team players, who will be there for a meet and greet photo opportunity with everyone.
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