Date published: 26/08/2014
Grassroots football in The Wrekin has been given a helping hand following a £4,500 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding was welcomed by Mark Pritchard, MP for The Wrekin, who presented Allscott AFC with a cheque.
Allscott AFC worked alongside the Shropshire FA in order to secure the £4,500 grant which will allow the Club to create three new teams over the next two years, including a girls’ team. The grant will also fund new coaches to be trained and qualified to FA standards in order to provide opportunities, sustain participation and inspire the youth of the community for many years to come.
Grow the Game funding increases participation in our national game by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or training volunteers to support new players and teams. The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by the Premier League and The FA.
So far Grow the Game has funded 1,261 clubs with grants worth in total around £6.1m, creating 6,777 new grassroots teams. This has meant 7,937 coaching courses have been funded, with 91,702 new players being introduced to a regular weekly football programme, which clearly executes the Football Foundation’s focus on creating new players and new coaches to manage and train up and coming talent.
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.
Mark Pritchard, MP for Wrekin, said: “I am pleased to see grassroots football in my constituency receiving such recognition and I pay tribute to the Football Foundation for the important work they do supporting the sport in my constituency.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Grow the Game Scheme has been excellent for grassroots clubs looking to create new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified.
“Congratulations to Allscott AFC for working with the Shropshire Football Association to secure a £4,500 Grow the Game grant which will certainly help to support football development in the area as well as increase participation in the region.”
“It is also great to see local MP Mark Pritchard supporting the growth of the grassroots game across The Wrekin and was delighted to see him hand over the cheque to Allscott on behalf of the Foundation.”
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