Date published: 17/03/2016
Alan Mak, MP for Havant, visited Havant and Waterlooville Youth Football Club recently (Friday 4 March) to see how Grow the Game grants from the Football Foundation are impacting grassroots sport in his constituency.
Grow the Game is funded by The FA and Premier League and delivered by the Football Foundation, increasing participation by providing financial support towards the essential costs of creating new football teams.
Havant and Waterlooville Youth FC received £5,000 and £4,500 Grow the Game grants in 2012 and 2015 respectively. The most recent grant enabled the club to create three new teams; two male (Under-18 and Under-10) and one female (Under-12). This funding contributes to facility hire, referees fees, coaching qualifications and other crucial costs attributed to starting a new football team.
The £5,000 Grow the Game grant awarded to the club in 2012 allowed them to create eight new teams, ranging from Under-7 to Under-18 age groups, including three mixed teams and five male teams.
The Grow the Game scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs with the costs associated with creating new teams, which will give opportunities to those who have limited options to join a team.
Grow the Game boosts playing opportunities for three specific sections of society for whom the opportunities to play football have always been traditionally limited. These are: women and girls, disabled players and male teams of Under-14s-and-upwards.
The MP for Havant saw the Club’s Under-10 female team train at the session, which was also attended by members of the club’s Under-18 male team, both teams were formed from Grow the Game funding.
Alan Mak MP said of the investment in his constituency: “Congratulations to Havant and Waterlooville Youth FC on being awarded a Grow the Game grant for grassroots football.
‘‘Participation in sport is vital for young people, to increase mental and physical health and to create a real team spirit. It is clear that these grants, which have been funded by The FA and Premier League, and delivered by the Football Foundation, get more people playing sport.
‘‘It was fantastic to visit these clubs and speak to the young people who have benefited and continue to benefit from Grow the Game grants.”
Paul Thorogood, the Chief Executive Officer of the Football Foundation said: “Many thanks to Alan Mak MP for showing his support for the grassroots game by taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Havant & Waterlooville Youth FC.
‘‘It is fantastic to see the impact that our Grow the Game grants have, increasing long-term participation in our national game at the grassroots level amongst sections of society for whom the opportunities to play are limited.
‘‘We will continue to work with our partners, the Premier League, The FA, the government and Sport England to support the grassroots game in Hampshire and across the country.’’
For more information contact:
· Harry Simmons at email@example.com or 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4274.
Notes to Editors
- Across the whole of Hampshire, the Football Foundation has awarded 449 grants worth £14.1m. It has used this to attract additional partnership funding of £16.5m, meaning the Foundation has delivered over £30m of investment into grassroots sports projects across Hampshire since 2000.
- 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 Football Foundation has awarded 14,000 grants worth £545 million towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract an extra £772 million in partnership funding – over £1.3 billion of investment into the grassroots game