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KICK-OFF: GROW THE GAME
Somerset-based club, Aller Park Rangers
FC, has a three-year development plan
to increase the number of teams, so that
it can offer football oppor tunities to
the local community for all ages and for
all abilities.
A Grow the Game grant has enabled
them to finish the job by star ting an
adult men’s reserve team and a new
Under-7s team.
The club’s whole committee has been
involved in ensuring their GtG project’s
success by helping with recruitment
of players and finding sponsorship for
the additional teams, which in turn has
engaged local businesses.
Aller Park Rangers has also been working
closely with local schools and colleges
to help with player recruitment. Many
parents of the younger players have now
become players themselves for the
men’s teams!
Project Manager, Steve Morrison,
described the impact of Foundation
funding:
“The GtG project is turning out
to be an amazing success, with over 20
new adult players and 30 new Under-7s
in the last season alone!
“We knew there was a need to provide
additional opportunities but the success
of the project has even surpassed our
expectations.We will be able to have
three U8s teams next season as a result
of the project and we are looking to
create a new Colts side in the next few
seasons for the younger players coming
out of youth football.”
The club has worked closely with the
Somerset FA and through their suppor t
they have been able to gain additional
resource to help with the increased
workload through the FAYoung
Leadership Programme.
The GtG grant has meant that now
people of all ages in the local area have
a football club to play for no matter what
their age, ability or sex.There will be a
player pathway from Under-5s up to adult
football for male and female players.
Mike Laird, who plays for Aller Park
Rangers’ men’s team, added:
“I play for
the newly formed Reserves team, I
haven’t played for nearly five years
but it’s great to be playing again and I
look forward to being able to play in
the same team as my son in a few
years time!”
In year one of their GtG project, the
club has:
• Recruited an additional 50 players
(Adult & U7s)
• Trained five new coaches
• Developed two School Link
Par tnerships (High Ham & Curry Rivel)
• Secured three sponsorship deals with
local businesses
The Somerset FA put Rangers in contact
with several young people through The
FAYoung Leadership Programme. One
girl helped coach the Under-14 girls’ team
and, as a result, her mother has now also
become the coach for the new adult
ladies team.
And to cap off a highly successful year,
the club won the Somerset FA Char ter
Standard Development Club of the Year
award for 2011-12!
Our
Scheme awards small grants of up
to £5,000 which funds the creation
of new football teams at clubs right
across the country.
GtG has proved immensely popular
with grassroots clubs and incredibly
successful at increasing participation
– in a sustainable way. The league-
affiliated teams and coaching
qualifications that GtG grants fund
mean that participation does not
simply stop once the funding runs out,
but that an infrastructure to play our
national game has been established.
See our annual Monitoring and
Evaluation (M&E) Report for a
detailed analysis of GtG’s impact
by visiting:
Any club interested in applying
for future funding windows should
visit the Foundation website or
talk to their local County FA find
out more:
SOMERSET CLUB CAN
NOW ACCOMMODATE
ALL AGES AND ABILITIES
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