11 FOCUS ON THE DELIVERY: GROW THE GAME Funded byThe FA, the Grow the Game scheme helps clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams, especially amongst underrepresented groups. Namely: •Women and girls; • Male teams of Under-14s-and-upwards; • Disabled teams. Grants of £1,500 per team, which are delivered by the Foundation, can be redeemed against buying new kit, FA coaching courses and referees fees, as well as other costs associated with starting a new grassroots team. 603 grants were awarded in 2015/16 worth £1.81m, creating 1,212 new teams and 14,749 new footballers in the process. Brentwood Soccability FC is a side for wheelchair users who compete in the Essex Powerchair Football League. With specialist equipment and venue hire costing thousands, the Grow the Game grant that they received was critical to helping them provide opportunities for disabled footballers. The club’s Chairman Roger Davinson, explained: “This funding was a lifeline. We introduced the most popular sport in the world to those who would not have otherwise had the opportunity.” The funding paved the way for Brentwood Soccability FC to introduce four new pan-disability teams, including adult men, adult women, adult mixed, and Powerchair Football for all ages. It also enabled them to train eight volunteers as newly-qualified coaches. 15-year old Ollie Cripps suffers with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He described the difference that the programme has made to his life: “The new team has opened up my social circle, which has improved my self-confidence and is also helping to improve my football skills. “Before we got Grow the Game funding I really wanted to play football but couldn’t. That has all changed now and I love attending training and matches.” DISABILITY IS NO BARRIER THANKS TO FOUR NEW POWERCHAIR TEAMS IN ESSEX CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY CASE STUDY