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£2.1m boost to help grassroots football clubs Grow the Game

£2.1m boost to help grassroots football clubs Grow the Game

Date published: 07 January 2013

Press release


Grassroots football clubs are set to receive a helping hand from the country’s largest sports charity. The Football Foundation today announced that £2.1m of funding from The FA is to be made available to help the development of grassroots clubs.

Grassroots football clubs will be able to access grants of up to £5,000 through the Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme. 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 Foundation today announced that the new application window for Grow the Game applications will open on Monday 5 November 2012 and close on Friday 18 January 2013.

GtG cheque presentation, Ben Shephard

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This additional funding provided by The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs that are seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.

“Grow the Game funding has made a huge difference to the grassroots game. The 871 Grow the Game grants that we have awarded to clubs to date is enabling  them to create 3,791 new league-affiliated football teams, meaning that 72,872 new players will take up the game regularly. It is also funding 10,915 new qualifications or courses for grassroots volunteers.”

“The application window that opens on 5 November is a chance for more clubs to take advantage. Any clubs that are interested in applying for a Grow the Game grant should visit the Grow the Game section of the Foundation’s website or speak to their local County FA to find out more information.”

The FA’s Senior National Game Development Manager, Peter Ackerley, commented: “The FA is committed to football for all and our £2.1m grant to the Grow the Game programme will make a real difference tograssroots clubs and their volunteers across the country.

“The FA has invested over £100m into the Football Foundation over the last decade and it’s an exciting time to be involved in the grassroots game with the opening of St George’s Park and the positive changes to small-sided youth football all contributing to a bright future.”  

Launched in 2000, the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. It is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England) and has awarded around 8,000 grants worth £420m towards improving grassroots sport. 

For clubs seeking more information on Grow the Game visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk/apply/grow-the-game/ or contact your local County FA.

For media enquiries regarding this story, contact Harriet Drudge

on 0845 345 4555 ext 4274 or harriet.drudge@footballfoundation.org.uk.

Notes to editors

About Grow the Game:

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.

Since 2000 the Foundation has funded:

- 871 Grow the Game club development projects with grants worth £4,185,565.

- 72,872 new players will take part in football as a result of these grants.

- 3,791 new league-affiliated football teams will be created.

- A new player is produced for every £46 invested through the scheme.

For more information about the work the Football Foundation visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/FootballFoundtn.

About The FA:

The Football Association (FA) is the governing body of football in England and is responsible for developing the game at all levels, from grassroots to the international teams. As a not-for-profit organisation, The FA is committed to making football a positive and inclusive experience for everyone involved, from players and coaches to match officials and spectators. The FA runs 24 England teams, including youth and disability sides to the men’s and women’s seniors, as well as eleven competitions such as the world-famous FA Cup. As English football’s governing body, The FA is also responsible for the regulatory aspects of the game, including disciplinary procedures and doping control.

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