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West Country coaches support ban on heading football in training

The decision to update the guidelines has been taken to Credit: ITV News West Country

A heading ban in football training for children up to the end of primary school has been introduced with immediate effect in England.

It follows a study which showed former footballers were three-and-a-half times more likely to die of neurodegenerative disease.

The guidance will only apply to foundation phase players and will only be introduced to football training rather than match play.

Officials said the guidelines would only be enforced in training. Credit: ITV News West Country

Last night we went to a training session in Plymouth held by SB Frankfort to get reaction there.

The under 12s team had a particularly impressive season last year.

The whole heading debate in football and its link to possible dementia in later life was a real talking point:

We also visited Bristol Rovers Community Trust to find out how they're planning to adjust to the changes.

Coach Abbie Jones says that she has never focussed on heading in her sessions but can see the logic of the ban: