Posted By : David Winterburn, League Secretary
Aspiring grassroots footballers from two underrepresented groups, (Women's and Girl's Teams and Disability Teams) will soon have the opportunity to play in more teams thanks to the Grow the Game programme, a £1.5m investment by The FA.
Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation and first launched back in 2010, offers grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams. This year, applications are being encouraged from clubs who want to start:
Grow the Game grants help to reduce the costs associated with starting new grassroots football teams by making £1,500 available for each that a club creates. Expenditure that the funding can help a club pay for includes: FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.
The application window for Grow the Game applications is now open and closes on Thursday 29 March. Clubs seeking more information on the programme should contact their local County FA or visit the Football Foundation website.
North Riding County FA - Andy Clay on 01642 717775 or firstname.lastname@example.org
West Riding County FA - Steve Conboy, email@example.com | 07889 930947 | 01132 821222 (option 3)
East Riding County FA - Will Dodds, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0844 980 8200 Ext: 4837
Grow the Game is inclusive of players from different genders, ethnic backgrounds, faiths, ages, sexual orientations and those with disabilities. Applications that originate from, or provide for, underrepresented communities are being encouraged.
Danielle Carter, England and Arsenal striker, backed the scheme:
“As a footballer, one of the most rewarding things is seeing young supporters at the game and hoping that they too take up football after watching England play. I was lucky when I was a young girl as I joined Leyton Orient at the age of 10, but for many of my teammates they were playing in boys teams until they were older. It’s great that Grow the Game will mean that more girls teams will be created and give more people the chance to play and enjoy football.”
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