Grants available to help kick-start teams

Grants are available to help boost opportunities for footballers.

Sunday, 11th February 2018, 6:36 pm
Funding is available to help grassroots clubs increase football opportunities to girls and the disabled. Picture by Daniel Hambury/Stella Pictures Ltd.

Aspiring grassroots footballers in women and girls’ teams and disability teams can benefit from the Grow the Game programme.

The £1.5million investment by The FA is offering grants to grassroots football clubs that want to create new teams for the two under-represented groups.

Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation in 2010, is offering help to reduce the costs associated with starting new grassroots teams by making £1,500 available for each one that a club creates.

The funding can help pay for FA coaching courses, league affiliation costs, referees’ fees, first aid kits and football kit.

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The application window is open now and closes on Thursday, March 29.

Clubs seeking further information should contact their local County FA or visit

England manager and Football Foundation ambassador Gareth Southgate said: “I am delighted that the Grow the Game programme is back.

“It means the pool of players in this country continues to widen, unearthing talent from all backgrounds in the process.”

Danielle Carter, England and Arsenal women’s striker, said: “It’s great that Grow the Game will mean that more girls teams will be created and give more people the chance to play and enjoy football.”