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Football on Hackney Marshes

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Published September 3rd 2010
If you happen to visit Hackney Marshes on a Sunday you'll see more balls bouncing around than in a bingo hall ball machine.

The marshes are home to the highest concentration of full-size football pitches in the whole of Europe – there are currently a staggering 78 of them.

Although the pitches are used by amateur teams from several leagues, the quality of play will no doubt surpass the dismal displays of the England team at the recent World Cup. You might be interested to know that some of the beautiful game's greats such as Terry Venables and David Beckham once played here, so you might like to try some talent spotting for yourself. There must be some Ronaldos among the 1500 players that play there.

With 100 matches to choose from, your only problem might be dodging flying balls from wayward free-kicks and volleys. While the donning of a crash helmet may be seen as being a tad over-cautious, you may want to ensure your peripheral vision is in tip-top condition.

The 340-acre site is currently having a range of new facilities installed, partly in compensation for losing a few pitches (there were 88 until recently) to the Olympic Park development. These pitches, however, will be brought back following London 2012.

The marshes are a great place for a Sunday stroll, some fresh air and to witness one of London's great sporting spectacles.

And by the way, it's not all football. There are three pitches for odd-shaped balls too (rugby ones, that is).
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Why? After England's recent World Cup woes, enjoy some quality amateur football here, for free.
When: Every Sunday
Where: Hackney Marshes
Cost: Free
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