Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40onsıde| ISSUE 38 GROW THE GAME 24 Aside from improving local sports facilities, the Football Foundation has a non-infrastructure scheme called Grow the Game. Our Knowledge and Insight Manager, Nick Dunnett, explains how it is increasing long-term football participation amongst traditionally under-represented groups. are bringing almost 150,000 new people into regular participation in our national game. Increasing participation amongst under-represented groups From 2014 onwards, we gave the scheme a focus on supporting the growth of three specific under- represented sections of the population. These are women and girls teams; disability football; and male teams over the Under-14 age bracket. Whilst women’s football is the country’s fastest growing sport, the number of grassroots teams available is still limited. The same is true of opportunities to participation in the multiple formats of disability football at the grassroots. With male teams, the challenge comes when exam pressures, and ultimately leaving school, precipitates a ‘drop-off’ in participation. There is strong desire amongst many older boys and men to continue playing regular football but a lack of the critical mass that existed before. Grow the Game is successfully unlocking the potential of football as a participation vehicle by O ne factor that prevents many grassroots football clubs from starting new teams is the costs associated with doing so. Our Grow the Game scheme, funded jointly by the Premier League and The FA, helps remove this barrier and provide opportunities for tens of thousands of people to stay fit through playing our national game. By providing £1,500 for every new team that a club creates, Grow the Game helps pay for some of the key elements, including facility hire, FA league affiliation fees, securing kit and equipment, and getting volunteer coaches qualified. Since the creation of the scheme six years ago, we have awarded 2,311 grants worth £8.26m, which A LITTLE HELP GOES A LONG WAY LONG-TERM