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New funding has been welcomed by Priti Patel, MP for Witham, as she presented Silver EndYouth FC
with a Grow the Game cheque.
Silver EndYouth Football Club worked alongside the Essex County FA in order to secure the £5,000
grant which will allow the club to create three new teams over the next three years, including a girls’
team.The grant will also fund new coaches to be trained in accordance with FA standards in order to
improve participation.
Priti Patel, MP for Witham, said:“
Silver End Youth FC is a great local team and I congratulate them
on receiving this grant. I am delighted that they will be able to now get more young people,
especially girls, playing football, and I look forward to seeing them nurture local talent.
Additionally, the grant will contribute towards facility hire, which is necessary to provide a safe and
enjoyable playing experience for the youth teams, especially during the winter months.
Mark Aylward, Secretary at Silver EndYouth FC, said:“
We are very pleased to be awarded this grant from
the Foundation and are very excited about being able to grow the club through new teams – especially
the prospect of having a girls’ team again. The grant will help us get this project off the ground and
sustain the new teams.
The Foundation’s
provides grants for the creation of new football
teams and coaching qualifications, with funding provided by the Premier League
and The FA and delivered by the Foundation.
Paul Burstow, MP for Sutton and Cheam, showed
his support for grassroots football when he
presented Sutton United FC with a Grow the
Game cheque for £5,000.
The club worked in partnership with the Surrey
County FA to secure the grant to help prepare the
clubs new Under-10s girls’ team to participate in
the 2013/14 season, and to create a second girls’
team by the 2014/15 season. It will also help them
to ensure there is a solid coaching system in place,
which will introduce young girls to football and
provide the basis for future structured
training schemes.
Bruce Elliott, Chairman of Sutton United,
I am delighted with the grant which
will help to expand our girls’ football development
programme, and we are most grateful to the
Football Foundation for this valuable assistance.
Paul Burstow MP said:
This Grow the Game
grant from the Foundation is great news for girls’
football in our local community.
Sutton United FC is a real sporting hub for the
area, and this funding is enabling them to provide
regular football opportunities by allowing them
to create a new Under-10s girls’ team.
It is a real privilege to be able to present them
with this Foundation cheque and I wish them all
the best for their debut season.
Eden Mencap FC, established in 2011, was one of Cumberland’s first Disability Charter Standard
Football Clubs, offering regular football for disabled adults aged 16 and over, from weekly sessions, to
monthly fixtures in the Carlisle United Ability Counts League.
Last season, the club was awarded a £5,000 Grow the Game grant to help support the growth and
development of new disabled teams within their club.
Since then, Eden Mencap FC has gone on to develop two adult female and two adult male teams as well
as weekly ‘come and try’ taster sessions for disabled children aged 8-16 years old.
Disability Football Development Officer, Jess Lawson, said:“
It’s fantastic to see the project come
together at Eden Mencap FC, and how the Foundation can support the development of grassroots
football, especially in the disability game.
Club Chair, Kirsty McGrath, said:“
When we received the news our application was successful for
a Grow the Game bid, we were thrilled. We decided to put the money towards supporting our
Under-16 developments, offering a sound structure for disabled children aged 8-16 to play regularly
in a football club environment, with qualified coaches, carers and volunteers.
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