The goalkeeping pair believe that initiatives like Non-League Day are hugely important, and they would recommend non-league football to any supporter or footballer that was looking to engross themselves in that experience and take their next steps.
Foster added: “It’s all about playing first-team football. You really learn when you have a crowd in front of you because that is when it matters and when you learn what you are made of. I always say to the younger players that they need to go and cut their teeth out on loan in places like non-league. Just playing in a team set-up and feeling part of the team is really important.
“The good thing that has happened in the last few years is the number of players that have been plucked from obscurity and who are now first-team players. Myself, Jamie Vardy, Chris Smalling and others – it’s so important that clubs and the Premier League support [Non-League Day] and push it because there are so many uncut gems waiting to be unearthed.”
Bachmann continued: “Any league step in men’s football is important. If it’s National League North or South or below that is important. If you get the chance to go when you are 18 or 19 you have to do it. It’s about building game time. People will see that you have played 20 or 30 games in the National League and then next season you’ll play in League Two. It’s a chain reaction once you have played in non-league.”
This year sees the start of a long-term partnership between Non-League Day and the Our Game Community Scheme, set up by the leading provider of support services for the amateur and semi-professional athlete community, Our Game, to enable clubs to do more within their local communities and support their efforts to grow their gates.
For an eighth year, Non-League Day will also be partnering with Prostate Cancer UK to encourage clubs and fans to raise funds to stop the disease which kills one man every 45 minutes.
To find out more about Non-League Day click HERE, or visit the campaign's official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.