For a while I’ve wanted to do something which brings bloggers together in a collective endeavour – a bit like the excellent League of Blogs which the Football Attic have done for the past few years where bloggers design a kit and badge based on a Subbuteo template. Reading about the history of football recently it struck me how much has changed in a relatively short space of time. I thought of writing a post for my blog where I’d get all Tomorrows-worldy and make predictions about football in 25, 50 and 150 years time. However, before engaging in some solitary typing away during my free-time I had the thought that it would be much better and more fun to see how other bloggers saw the future. Then I had the idea of collating all these views and self-publishing an anthology of writing.
My next thought would be that it would be even better if the money generated as a result of this project went to a football related charity. A search came up with Street League, a registered charity whose work seems to fit with the whole idea of looking to the future. Their website describes their work:
We specialise in changing the lives of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds through the power of football. Originally founded as an organisation working with homeless people in 2001, we now work with 16 to 25-year-olds who are not in employment, education and training (NEET). Our vision is to help bring an end to structural youth unemployment in the UK. With almost one million young people out of work, youth unemployment is the single biggest threat to the future prosperity of our country. You can read about the scale of the problem here. Street League engages with these young people in a structured football and education ‘Academy’ programme, with two hours in the classroom and two hours on the pitch each day. This intensive 10-week programme develops vital employability skills such as communication, teamwork and goal-setting. It also offers nationally-recognised qualifications.
How to get involved:
I’d love articles of between 500-1500 words about football in the future. Apart from this there is no restrictions, you can focus on anything; whether it’s your prediction for who will win the Champions League (if indeed it still exists), the state of football in the USA, or China, player salaries, stadia design, rule-changes, literally anything you like – In fact the more diversity the better.
The deadline for submissions is the 31st May (now extended to the end of September 2015). These should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a 150-200 word bio, including details of your blog (if any). This bio will be published alongside your article.
Will my work be credited to me?
Yes, all work will be fully credited and the author clearly identified with a bio (if supplied) appearing alongside. You will retain all rights to the work.
Can I submit more than one piece?
Yes, by all means.
Can I send artwork?
It would be great to include artwork. I would ask though that this is in black & white as any colour pieces push up the production costs of the physical book significantly.
What is your role?
I will compile, edit and format the submitted articles (as well as contributing one of my own). I will then upload the finished manuscript to Amazon Createspace where it can be purchased as both a physical book, or as a kindle edition. This will enable the anthology to have the widest possible audience.
What will be donated to Street League?
Fees are automatically deducted by Amazon on a unit-by-unit basis. After this the remainder of the proceeds will be donated to Street League.
How successful will the book be?
I’m optimistic that with the backing and reach of the blogging community this project can be a success. Whilst helping Street League, this will also gain publicity for your writing and provide a template for future collective projects among the blogging community.
Do I need to be a blogger to get involved?
Not at all, anyone with an interest in football and football writing is more than welcome to participate. The more the merrier.