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KICK-OFF: GROW THE GAME
Foundation
President
bears gift for
Manchester
Our President, Rt Hon Lord Pendry PC,
made an official presentation to mark the
investment into Manchester from the recent
Grow the Game funding round.
Presenting a cheque for £50,000 at his
beloved Staybridge Celtic FC’s match against
Gainsborough Trinity FC, Lord Pendry said:
“It is a real pleasure to announce this funding
from the Foundation’s Grow the Game
scheme to ten clubs across Manchester.
“These grants will help to increase and
retain the number of footballers and
football teams in the city, which of course
means they will also help to create more
opportunities for people to get involved in
the game and to stay fit and healthy.”
The funding will enable ten local grassroots
football clubs in Manchester to set up new
football teams for boys and girls of all ages
that will play in local leagues, as well as train
up their coaching staff.The ten clubs are: Old
Trafford FC; Moston Tigers FC; AFC Urmston
Meadowside; New East Manchester FC;
Hollinwood FC; Motown FC; Street Soccer
Academy; Burnage Metro FC; Salford City FC;
and FC Decin Czech.
Shirley Veevers, Senior Football Development
Officer of the Manchester County FA, said:
“It is fantastic for our local clubs to receive
this funding from the Foundation. It will help
them to develop in areas, such as increasing
participation, supporting volunteers and
coaches, to gain training and qualifications,
and assist with facilities. This will give the
awarded clubs a significant boost going into
the new season.”
Grassroots grows
in Merseyside with
£75,000 boost
Grassroots spor t in Merseyside received a significant
boost following the news that 15 local clubs affiliated
to Liverpool County FA have received a combined
total of £75,000 of funding from the Foundation.
The clubs were presented with a giant cheque from
the Foundation during a Tranmere Rovers versus
Ever ton pre-season friendly match at Rovers’ home
ground, Prenton Park.
The funding will allow 15 local clubs in Merseyside to
grow the game by setting up new football teams who
will play in local leagues.
Dave Pugh, Chief Executive of the Liverpool County
FA, said:
“It is fantastic for our local clubs to receive
this money to help develop their teams, which has
been made possible thanks to the Foundation.”
The Foundation awarded 312
Grow the Game (GtG) grants in
the Spring funding window worth
a total of £1.56m.The GtG
scheme awards grants of £5,000
which funds the creation of new
football teams at clubs right across
the country.
So far GtG has awarded 887
separate grants worth £4.3m to
grassroots football clubs.Analysis
of the monitoring and evaluation
to date predicts that this will result
in the creation of 3,716 brand
new football teams competing in
FA-affiliated leagues; 70,489 new
players participating each week;
and 14,111 new qualifications or
courses being completed.
Any club interested in applying
for future funding rounds should
visit the Foundation website to
find out more:
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