A COMMUNITY football scheme that saw more than 1,000 new female and disability teams across the country last year is returning to encourage even more people into regular football participation.
Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation and funded by The FA, was first launched in 2010 to provide clubs with funding for the creation of new teams and chances for aspiring footballers in the local community to play.
Since launching, the scheme has helped to create over 11,000 new teams, delivering new playing opportunities to an estimated 144,000 community footballers.
The scheme will provide an investment of £1.5m to traditionally underrepresented groups in community football and give further playing opportunities in new disability, women’s and girl’s teams in the process.
Grow the Game grants of £1,500 will be made available to every new team created, helping to relieve the financial burden on clubs by helping towards FA coaching courses, league affiliation costs, referees’ fees, first aid kits or even kit and equipment.
In 2018, the scheme helped to support the growth of 872 female and 294 disability teams respectively.
The application window for Grow the Game is now open and closes on Thursday, March 24.
Clubs seeking more information about the scheme should contact Bethan Woolley, Staffordshire FA Participation Officer, at [email protected] or call 01785 279835 / 07816 536450.