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GTG
GRANT’S
EFFECT ON
FOOTBALL
AND THE
COMMUNITY
IN WILTSHIRE
SarumYouth FC in Wiltshire has increased the number of
Under-8 and Under-7 year olds that play regular league
football in the area, as well as creating an Under-12 girls’
football team.
In fact, demand for girls’ football is now such that the club
is looking to create one or two extra girls’ teams for the
upcoming season.
Local parents and volunteers have highlighted some of the
benefits, aside from the increase in football par ticipation, that
have occurred as a result of the grant that the club secured
with the help of the Wiltshire FA.
These include positive effects on the youngsters’ mental and
physical health.The boys and girls have been able to learn
new skills and the rules of the game, along with team-building
and the ability to work as a group. All the parents, guardians
and suppor ters have engaged as a group, which, in turn, has
given the local community greater cohesion.
Justin Prentice commented:
“The Grow the Game grant has
enabled SarumYouth to engage a large number of children
new to football in training and playing the game.This
development has given the club added impetus to expand
into the local community.”
Girls and
disabled
football in
Leicester gets
helping hand
Local girls and youngsters with a disability
in Leicester are putting on their boots
after picking up a £5,000 Grow the Game
grant from the Foundation.
The grant will allow Leicester City Ladies
FC to develop two new girls teams
over the next three years at Under-9
and Under-10 level, as well as a mixed
disability Under-12 team.
Club Secretary, Sue Foulkes, said:
“It is
a fantastic opportunity for the club to
continue to develop new teams for girls
and youngsters with a disability.The
Foundation grant is brilliant for
the club.”
The grant will also enable the club to
offer over 20 football courses to budding
football coaches.
Sue added:
“This financial support will
ensure that we continue to create new
teams and opportunities for people to
get involved and will also allow us also
to educate new volunteers.
“This will ensure, as an FA Charter
Standard Community Club, we always
have qualified coaching staff delivering
football to our youngsters.”
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