In addition to the many new football teams that will be created, the Grow the Game grants will also allow for 212 volunteer coaches to become trained up in the relevant qualifications, in order to deliver age and ability appropriate coaching at the new teams.
The new teams that will be created over the next couple of seasons will range from U7 girls teams, disability teams, right through to Male & Female Open Age teams, meaning that the funding will assist to develop all formats of football across West Riding.
The Grow the Game scheme is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. The programme is designed to increase participation at the lowest levels of the game with grants of £1,500 available for each new team that a club creates.
Applications from demographics identified as having been traditionally underrepresented in the sport – namely, women and girls; male teams of Under-14s-and-upwards and disability teams – were prioritised.
The funding can help a burgeoning club pay for the fundamentals, including: FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.
Jo de Tute, Head of Football Development said: “It is really important that The FA and Football Foundation provide this type of funding for clubs to apply for. There is a real desire for clubs from all areas of West Riding to develop football opportunities and financial assistance is sometimes the first hurdle to get over. The Grow the Game process is a simple one with big outcomes and we are all really excited to work with all the football clubs that have been successful ”
Kelly Simmons MBE, The FA’s Director of Participation and Development, said: “Grow the Game not only allows us to focus on helping groups within the grassroots game, but also unearth brand new teams who want to kick a ball and increase participation levels as a result.
“The proposition of 113 new teams and 212 new coaches across the West Riding area is extremely encouraging and this investment – which is provided by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation – means that participation in our national game will increase, especially amongst underrepresented groups.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is excellent news for grassroots football in West Riding. Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, is about creating long-term participation increases and getting people playing who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to do so. The FA deserves credit for directing investment to help train new coaches and get teams playing in affiliated leagues.”
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