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 40GROW THE GAME onsıde| ISSUE 38 25 “7,678 disabled players will enjoy regular football thanks to Grow the Game grants” opening it up to these groups that otherwise would not have had the opportunities to play our national game and enjoy all of the associated health and life benefits. It is also supporting those areas that The FA has identified as growing in popularity, such as walking football – an increasingly popular format that allows people to enjoy the sport into older age. 150,000 new players brought into the game The number of grassroots teams that Grow the Game funding awarded so far was expected to create was 3,839. At 7,179 new teams created so far, we have achieved nearly double that target. Grants offered in the last two years will add a further 1,482 teams. As a result of all of these new teams, 147,565 new players will be able to play well-coached football. The majority of these would not have otherwise had the opportunity to do so. Sustained, long-term growth in participation A major flaw in many revenue- focused participation schemes is that any participation achieved evaporates once the funding runs out. By contrast, nearly 90% of the teams created from Grow the Game grants have either been sustained, or even seen more teams created at that club after the funding has run-out. This underlines the effectiveness of Grow the Game’s approach of funding the infrastructure of a team, rather than simply ‘sessions’. When you consider that each team has cost less than £1,000 to establish and each player recruited just over £50, the return on this investment is even more remarkable. Raising the standard of grassroots coaching Grow the Game also ties each club into a coach development programme. This ensures each new player and team receives the highest standard of coaching long after the grant has finished. Grants to date will see 42,000 courses being completed by grassroots coaches. Harnessing the power of the Foundation’s bespoke innovations We will monitor the progress of each club that received a Grow the Game award in 2016 through the Foundation’s bespoke monitoring tool, Upshot. The clubs will be set up with a development plan that will ensure each of the new teams is successful and sustainable, and that the club has the infrastructure to continue to grow. Upshot will integrate with The FA’s Whole Game System to allow real-time monitoring of whether or not the aims of each project are being achieved. If they are not, the Foundation will be alerted to this and can intervene at the earliest opportunity to support the grantee club and ensure maximum outputs from our investment. So, whilst the Foundation’s core objective of rebuilding the nation’s community sports infrastructure remains our primary goal, Grow the Game shows that we and our Funding Partners are also achieving big things with small grants! GROW THE GAME KEY IMPACT Achieved so far Will be achieved Total New Teams 7,179 1,482 8,661 New Players 126,161 21,404 147,565 Female Footballers 27,703 8,227 35,930 Disabled Footballers 5,897 1,781 7,678 Courses Undertaken 20,843 8,599 29,442 Coaching Courses Undertaken 8,297 4,338 12,635