Apply for KickStart support

PUBLISHED: 15:27 21 May 2013

The FA has agreed changes to mixed football age groups for 2013/14 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

The FA has agreed changes to mixed football age groups for 2013/14 (Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Washing machines, mini-buses and pitch maintenance tools are amongst the ‘big ticket’ items which qualify for McDonald’s ‘KickStart’ support.

The restaurant chain are promoting their latest funding window, offering sums of between £500 and £2,500 to applicants before the end of May at

Essex grassroots football clubs have the chance to apply for cash amounts to support essential purchases such as pitch fees or coaching courses.

Clubs can apply for anything which will help to support, grow or develop players and the community, and applications will be considered by a panel of McDonald’s judges, including a representative from The FA.

The panel will meet at the end of each project application period to decide who will be awarded the grants, and each will be considered on its individual merits.

Any background provided will be taken into account, such as a club’s history.

McDonald’s want to reward those who make grassroots football come to life, and they also sponsor the FA Community Awards, which recognise the champions who make a difference to their communities.

McDonald’s want to provide coaches, volunteers and parents with all their resources in one place to keep clubs and teams ticking.

Therefore, to make sure less time is spent doing administration, they’ve pulled together some tools and information about courses and club development available in every area of the UK.

As well as funding opportunities, the KickStart website also contains useful information on coaching and running a team.

For details on McDonald’s KickStart, visit

If you’d like to get involved in local football as a player, referee, coach or volunteer, visit

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