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January 3, 2014
TV presenter and Football Foundation Ambassador, Ben Shephard, has announced that £1.5m of funding from the Premier League and The FA will be made available to aid the development of grassroots football clubs.
Clubs will be able to access grants through the Grow the Game scheme, which is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams.
Ben explained: “This year we want to continue to increase participation across all age ranges, but particularly want to build on the success of last year by continuing to drive-up the numbers of people playing the game amongst under-represented groups, in particular the Under-15 age bracket and above, as well as women’s, girls’ and disability teams.”
£1,500 of funding will be available for each new team that a club creates. The Grow the Game grants can go towards helping to cover the costs incurred for league entry, referees’ fees, first aid kits, FA coaching courses and football strips.
“Grow the Game makes a real difference to grassroots clubs and their volunteers across the country, so this funding, provided by the Premier League and The FA, is excellent news for them”, Ben added.
The window for Grow the Game applications will open on Monday 6 January 2014 and close on Monday 17 February 2014 >>more