We’re starting a football team. A proper one.
After five years of telling great football stories, we’ve decided it’s time we applied that to the sport itself, extending the same love with which we make our magazine to the amateur game.
The idea is to engender a long overdue reassessment of what grassroots football is all about by creating Sporting Club de MUNDIAL: what used to be a semi-fictional team that mostly involved us getting walloped by M&C Saatchi will now feature a men’s and women’s team (alongside drop-in sessions for local players and MUNDIAL readers) who remind us why we love football, with the players selected to represent the qualities that make us all nostalgic for how we fell for the game in the first place.
From this coming season, we’ll have a men’s Sunday League team in the Hackney & Leyton Premier league and a women’s five-a-side team who will play in the Super 5 League in Hackney Wick. PLEASE NOTE: the men’s team is now full, but if you have any playing enquiries about the community sessions and the women's team, email our manager Alan Bond – he's on alan at mundialstudio dot com.
We’ll be celebrating all the great things this level of the game stands for: the personality, the fun, and the moments of magic. It’s not all beer bellies and playing with hangovers on waterlogged pitches dodging leg-breakers from 44-year-old have-a-go hardmen. Positivity runs through the amateur game: in watching, in coaching, and in playing.
You’ll be able to follow both teams on our social and in our magazine all year round—with the same level of storytelling, photography, and pure enjoyment that we always write about football—but we encourage you to come watch us play if you fancy getting out of the house. Profits from merchandise and sponsorship will be fed back into the team to improve facilities and pay their subs. You’ll be a stakeholder in Britain’s best amateur team. We want readers and followers to interact with and support the teams as much as possible: this club’s for you.
To that end, we’ll also be putting on drop-in sessions for the local Hackney community and MUNDIAL readers of all ages and abilities. Inclusivity is at the heart of all of this, even while we aim to be the best. The atmosphere will be competitive but not self-serious, so you can pay your fiver and play with like-minded people every week then we can all fuck off to the pub for a chat after. Sometimes we’ll even do free kick sessions, so you can finally learn how to curl one over the wall.
Sound good? If you want to be involved in playing or sponsorship, follow what we’re up to, or just give us a shout to let us know what you think: get in touch here.