£1.5m Funding Boost For Grassroots Football
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Posted By : David Winterburn, League Secretary

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Just a reminder that the application window for Grow the Game applications closes on Wednesday 29 March. Clubs seeking more information on Grow the Game should contact their County FA.

North Riding

East Riding

West Riding

or visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk/apply/grow-the-game/.

Underrepresented groups in grassroots football will soon have more teams to play in. The FA are investing £1.5m into the Grow the Game scheme and new teams in North Riding could benefit from grants of £1,500 to set up.  

Delivered by the Football Foundation, Grow the Game awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams. Applications are being encouraged from:

  • women and girls;
  • male teams of Under-14s-and-upwards;
  • disabled teams.

Grow the Game supports football’s diversity and is designed to be inclusive of players from different genders, ethnic backgrounds, faiths, ages, sexual orientations and those with disabilities. Applications from all of these groups are being encouraged.

Grow the Game grants lessen the burden of costs associated with starting new grassroots football teams. £1,500 is available for each new team 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 & equipment.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “For anyone wanting to create a new grassroots football team or even start up a brand new club, Grow the Game funding is vital. The money can help with the fundamentals of any burgeoning club, like buying new kit or training up coaches."

Alex Scott, right-back for Arsenal Ladies and England Women, backed the scheme: “As a player, for me and for all of the team, it’s important to us that we inspire and encourage more girls and women to play the game. Funding like this will really help us drive the numbers of players."

Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. Last year the scheme achieved:

  • 2,159 new teams.
  • 8,787 female footballers.
  • 23,332 male footballers.
  • 5,715 new coaching qualifications.

Since it was launched in 2010, the Grow the Game scheme has attracted a total of:

  • 161,285 new football players into playing regular football.

As well as delivering Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 15,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.

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