Local people in Harrow will be putting on their boots following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant.
The grant will allow St. Joseph's Youth ’88 FC to create at least three new youth girls’ teams across all youth age groups and a senior ladies team over the next three years. It will also enable the club to develop these teams with FA qualified coaches and ensure the new teams are a full and permanent fixture at the club.
The core objective of the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game’s programme is to increase participation and enable more people to play our national game through supporting the development of grassroots clubs. The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA and Government.
So far Grow the Game has awarded 894 separate grants worth £4,354,926 to grassroots football clubs. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,716 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 70,489 new players participating each week and 14,111 new qualifications or courses being completed.
The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly-trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport, rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions, which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends.
Mick Andrews, Chairperson of St. Joseph's Youth ’88 FC, said: “The support from the Football Foundation and Middlesex County FA has been fantastic. Without their help and support we would find it difficult to realise the aspirations we have in relation to girls’ football.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I congratulate St. Joseph's Youth ’88 FC for receiving this Grow the Game grant, which will increase sport participation and support football development in the region. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Middlesex County FA for their help in making this happen.
“The new teams and players generated by the Grow the Game scheme, since its launch three years ago, will go a long way towards helping The FA to achieve its growth target of 150,000 new participants by 2013. It is also helping government and Sport England get more people engaging in regular sport.
“The Football Foundation is committed – with funding provided by the Premier League, The FA and Government – to improve grassroots community sporting provision and help make this legacy vision a reality.”
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