Funding available for
female and disability teams in Norfolk as The FA’s ‘Grow the Game’ returns
£1.5m available for
the creation of new teams
football scheme that saw more than 1,000 new female and disability teams
created across the country last year is returning to encourage even more people
into regular football participation.
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
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 girls’ 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.
window for Grow the Game is now open and closes on Thursday 28 March. Clubs seeking more information on the Female
Funding available should contact Harry Diggens at Norfolk FA on Harry.Diggens@NorfolkFA.com
or visit the Football Foundation website.
more information on the Disability Funding available should contact Rachel
Cossey at Norfolk FA on Rachel.Cossey@NorfolkFA.com or visit the Football Foundation website.
Phil Neville, England Women’s Head Coach,
said: “Given both my professional and personal backgrounds, this scheme is particularly
close to my heart. I work with some fantastic professionals in the England
Women’s Senior Team and know that playing for their country has been a dream
“Providing as many opportunities as we can for girls and women to get
involved in the game is crucial if we are to continue developing the women’s
game at all levels. If this scheme can help inspire more women and girls to
play football and provide them with the opportunities to chase their dreams
then it deserves to be applauded.
“Secondly, as a father of a daughter with a disability, I firmly
believe this should never act as a barrier to sports participation. I’m
delighted to learn of the growth in the number of disability teams across the country,
and the further funding that has been made available to support future
development, giving more people than ever before the chance to get involved in
Greenwood, England and Manchester United Women’s full-back, also praised the
scheme: “Having joined Everton academy
at eight years old, I was lucky enough to have access to top quality coaching
and regular football from such a young age. However, I know plenty of girls
that were never able to access the same footballing education that I was
because the number of opportunities simply weren’t there. It’s therefore
incredibly important we make sure this is no longer an issue going forward and
that if girls want to play competitive football they have ample opportunities
to do so.”
In addition, existing
male adult clubs & teams will also be able to apply for financial support
from The FA, with the return of the retention-based scheme called Retain the
Game. The scheme, which launched for the first time last year, helped to support
over 2,300 male teams, with grants given to help provide financial support for
clubs across the country. The scheme will launch again on Wednesday 17 April.
As well as Grow
the Game, the Football Foundation uses investment from 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 than £1.5bn.