Get funding for new goalposts

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 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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Latest news from the Essex FA

Football Foundation backing towards the purchase of new 9v9 and mini-soccer goals requires applications before a May 31 deadline.

And the Essex FA are urging as many grassroots clubs to submit their forms as soon as possible to ensure a smoother transition into next season’s youth football restructure.

Clubs and leagues can count on the backing of the Foundation for assistance with the costs of new posts this summer during the first of two funding windows, supporting the implementation of the 9v9 format.

The forthcoming review of youth football will require modifications to be made to some pitches and posts.

Applications can be sent for 50 per cent towards the cost of both 9v9 and mini-soccer goals and the suppliers have been informed that prices will need to be fixed for this period.

Feedback from previous windows has made the application process simpler and the Essex FA will be involved in the process, receiving weekly updates of all local applications.

Last year The FA formally ratified some positive changes to improve the enjoyment, fun and development of young players, allowing more touches on a better proportioned pitch with an increased involvement in the game as a whole.

The changes will be phased in from 2013/14 season and there are resources available to assist, help and advise clubs and leagues on the changes to age groups, pitch sizes and laws of the game.

The FA recognise these present some challenges in the short term, but the allocation of funds towards goals from the Foundation is one of the sources of help to ensure football is more relevant and more enjoyable for young players.

The Foundation are the UK’s largest sports charity, investing £30million every year into grassroots facilities.

Applicants will make full payment for the posts and then reclaim 50 per cent upon presentation of the appropriate invoice to the Foundation.

On no account will retrospective payments be made. If clubs or leagues miss out on this opportunity for whatever reason, the second funding window will open on July 1 and close on August 30.

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