Isle of Wight based and FA Charter Standard
club, Newport St George’s Youth FC, received a
Grow the Game grant last year.
The £5,000 grant has allowed for the creation
of six new teams, expanding the number
of teams currently operating at the Island’s
premier club, which has over 150 members
between 8–18 years of age already registered.
Pat Woodford, Newport St George’s Youth FC’s
Secretary, said:
“The Grow the Game grant has
enabled us to maintain our Charter Standard
status. It has also allowed us to create three
new Under 8 teams this year, two coaches
have completed their FA Level 1 badges,
and our assistant coaches have been able to
complete their ‘Safeguarding for Children’
and ‘Emergency Aid’ certificates.
“I cannot thank the Foundation enough
for the grant. Big things grow from little
acorns – we have used the grant to benefit
and improve as many players as we can at
the grassroots level.”
The Isle of Wight has one of the highest
unemployment rates in the country. One of
the main aims of the club is to relieve pressure
on parents wherever possible, whilst still
encouraging youngsters to get involved in the
game. As well as the creation of new teams, the
funding has allowed the club to pay for facility
hire, FA qualified coaches, such as former Aston
Villa winger, Steve Hunt, as well as enabling club
members to complete FA coaching courses.
has awarded
874 separate grants worth around
£4.2m to grassroots football
clubs to date.Analysis of the
monitoring and evaluation so
far predicts that this will result
in the creation of 3,791 brand
new football teams competing in
FA-affiliated leagues, 72,872 new
players participating each week
and 10,959 new qualifications or
courses being completed.
Grow the Game has proved
immensely popular with grassroots
clubs and incredibly successful
at increasing participation – in a
sustainable way.The league-affiliated
teams and coach qualifications that
Grow the Game 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.
Any club interested in applying
for future funding windows should
visit the Foundation website or
talk to their local County FA
find out more:
The Foundation’s Grow the Game provides grants up to £5,000 for the
creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided
by The FA and delivered by the Foundation.
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