participation in Norfolk bolstered thanks
to funding from The FA
Funding schemes from The FA support
new and established clubs
Grow the Game develops 20 new teams, while Retain the Game provides
boost to 50 teams in Norfolk
New figures show that
football in Norfolk is set to receive a
significant boost over the next 12 months.
New investment provided by
The FA, and delivered by the Football Foundation, has been announced that will
support the growth and maintenance of 70 teams
in the area, which is expected to cater for 1,400
footballers in local leagues.
Grow the Game, which was
first launched back in 2010, offers grants of £1,500 towards community football
clubs wishing to establish new teams and this year focused on catering for
female and disabled players.
Retain the Game is a brand-new
scheme, which was launched in April of this year, and is targeted at supporting
existing adult male clubs to continue offering local opportunities to play.
Grants of £750 are made to support the essential costs of playing and training.
A large number of clubs in Norfolk have been successful in securing
investment from The FA through the Football Foundation. Over the course of the next
year, Grow the Game will support the growth of 19
female and one disabled team respectively,
while Retain the Game will help to maintain 50
adult male sides in Norfolk.
Funding from both grants can
be used to help a club pay for FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation
costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment
through a bespoke voucher.
Danielle Carter, Member of The FA’s Inclusion Advisory Board and
Arsenal Women’s Striker, said: “It’s
extremely exciting that so many community clubs in England have successfully
applied for Grow the Game funding.
“We should start to see
increased numbers of women’s, girls and disability teams in parks and
facilities across the country, which will hopefully inspire even more new
players to take up, enjoy and continue to build the sport amongst these
Boothroyd, England Under-21s Head Coach, said: “It’s encouraging to see so many grassroots clubs up and down the
country taking advantage of funding available through Retain the Game.
the total number of adult male footballers in England has increased over the
past few years, it is vital that regular playing opportunities continue to
exist with teams in their local areas.
hope this new scheme will make a real difference across the country and help to
maintain high levels of participation throughout the men’s game.”
Ian Grange, Facilities, Investment and Development Manager at
Norfolk FA said: “The traditional format
of the game is really important to us and this funding will help to stabilise
participation within our grassroots club network.
“Of equal importance is the
growth of the game within non-traditional participant groups and the Grow the
Game fund will support our ambitious strategic targets of increasing participation.”
Across the two campaigns,
The FA has made £2.5 million available to grassroots clubs looking to either
create or retain association football clubs for grassroots footballers across
As well as Grow the Game and Retain the Game, the
Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on
behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.
Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 16,000 community projects worth
more than £1.5bn.
In Norfolk, the
Football Foundation’s Funding Partner investment has helped to support the
13 third generation artificial grass pitches
36 real grass pitches
28 changing pavilions