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Boost to help grassroots football clubs

December 13, 2012

Grassroots football clubs in Cumberland are set to receive a helping hand from the country’s largest sports charity.
The FA has made available £2.1m of funding through The Football Foundation 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 announced that the new application window for Grow the Game applications will close on Friday 21 December.

The Foundation is advising clubs that are interested in applying for this funding to contact Cumberland FA on 01900 872310 or email or or click HERE to find out more.

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."

“The application window 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 Cumberland 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 to grassroots 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.

Last season 3 FA Charter Standard Clubs from Cumberland received grants from the Football Foundation to support the growth of new teams.

For more information or support, please contact Paul Jennings or Helen Aitchison at Cumberland FA on 01900 872310 or email or

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