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Funding for grassroots clubs

PUBLISHED: 14:30 17 December 2014

Football Foundation ambassador Ben Shephard presents a cheque as part of the Grow The Game initiative

Football Foundation ambassador Ben Shephard presents a cheque as part of the Grow The Game initiative

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Apply for help through ‘Grow the Game’ scheme

Grassroots football clubs across the country are set to benefit from £1.5million of funding to start new teams that cater for under-represented and targeted groups, after the opening of the application window for the 2015 Grow the Game scheme was announced.

Grow the Game is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of expanding the range of teams they operate to cater for players whose opportunities to join suitable teams are limited.

The fund will boost playing opportunities for: women and girls; disabled players and male teams from under-14 upwards.

Applications are only being accepted for teams within these target groups providing they meet the basic eligibility criteria.

For each new team that a club creates, £1,500 of funding will be made available, with the grants aimed at covering the costs incurred for league entry, referees’ fees, first aid kits, FA coaching courses and football strips.

Funded by the Premier League and The FA, Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity.

The application window for Grow the Game applications will open on Wednesday January 7 and close on Wednesday February 18.

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

The Football Foundation’s Ambassador, TV presenter Ben Shephard – a keen footballer himself and avid West Ham United supporter – urged grassroots clubs to take advantage of this funding, saying: “I’ve got so much benefit and enjoyment out of playing football, so it is great to see £1.5m through the Grow the Game scheme enabling grassroots clubs to provide those with the least opportunities to play the game to be given the chance.

“The Football Foundation’s partnership with the Premier League and The FA in delivering the Grow the Game scheme has had incredible results since it began in 2010.

“The application window opens on January 7 and any clubs who believe they match the criteria to apply, should visit footballfoundation.org.uk or speak to their local County FA, to find out more information.”

As well as delivering Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, the FA and the Government, through Sport England.

Since 2000, the Foundation has developed nearly 2,000 facilities with grants worth £400m, which it has managed to more than double through attracting partnership funding.

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