New-look scheme from
The FA returns to support retention of adult male football teams in Norfolk
Grants available for
clubs to maintain existing adult male teams
open until Thursday 6 June 2019
Association (The FA) is re-launching its adult male retention-focused funding
scheme to support men’s 11-a-side community football teams in Norfolk.
Stay in the Game scheme will offer
existing clubs the opportunity to apply for grants of £750 to help cover the
various associated costs of running a football team.
under the name Retain the Game, the
scheme helped to support the retention of 2,336 adult male teams across the
country, supporting an estimated 55,000 community footballers.
benefitted from the grants last year were able to use the funding for matchday
and training facility hire, first-aid training and new equipment, whilst also
subsidising matchday fees for members of their respective squads.
Paul Simpson, England Under-20s Head Coach,
said: “It’s no secret that we are seeing adult male players move from
regular 11-a-side football into other more casual formats of the game.
“One of the main reasons is clubs lacking money for things like match
fees, facilities hire, new kit and equipment, which can lead to their teams
“Last year’s roll-out of the scheme saw some really positive strides
and I hope we’ll see men’s 11-a-side teams across the country receive a helping
the grants will once again be available to adult male teams in the under-18 to Under-21
category, open-age adult sides and veterans’ teams.
clubs that meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply:
- Clubs that operate with two or more adult male teams – Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-21s, Under-23s, open age and vets.
that hold the FA’s Charter Standard Award (Adult, Youth, Development or
clubs that commit to becoming FA Adult Charter Standard within season
that have the support of their County Football Association.
application window for Stay in the Game
is now open and closes at 5pm on Thursday 6 June 2019. Clubs seeking more
information on the programme should either contact Anna Larkins at Norfolk
County FA on Anna.Larkins@NorfolkFA.com or visit the Football Foundation website.
Stay in the Game is inclusive of players from
different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and sexual orientations.
This push to reverse the decline in adult male
teams follows the recent Grow the Game funding scheme for 2019, which made
£1.5 million available for grassroots clubs looking to create new women and
girls or disability football teams.
As well as Grow the Game, the Football Foundation
uses investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through
Sport England, to provide enhanced sporting facilities across the country.
Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 16,500 grassroots projects worth more