Footballers in Dormanstown were celebrating today following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant awarded by the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity.
The grant will enable Dormanstown Junior FC to develop even further, and as a result create more teams. It was also help the club to put forward seven volunteers for the FA coaching course, which will provide a better coaching experience for all participants.
The club plans to enter an Under-8's team into the league this year and to explore the possibility of forming a girl's team.
The club was formed in 2009 and started with two teams in the league, which has now progressed to six. This year the club attained the FA chartered standard and held it's first summer tournament, attended by 25 other clubs.
Funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation's largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving Grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Billy Wells, Chairman at Dormanstown JFC, said: "We are really grateful to the Football Foundation for their assistance as without their help small clubs would not survive and junior football could not progress."
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: "We warmly congratulate Dormanstown JFC and the North Riding County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award."
"Our Grow the Game scheme helps fulfill one of the Foundation's core objectives, which is getting more people playing more football. During the 2009-10 season, Grow the Game projects attracted more than 21,000 new players to our national game."
"This new project in Dormanstown is but one example of thousands across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners - the Premier League, the FA and the Government."