Sky Sports News presenter Hayley McQueen has congratulated FC Abbeymeads after they received a £3,000 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation.
The funding from the country’s largest sports charity has paved the way for FC Abbeymeads to ensure another 100 boys and girls have the opportunity to participate in the game.
The money will support the club’s under 15s and under 17/18 teams in the upcoming season and will allow new U8’s,U9’s,U10’s,U12’s to be formed. The grant will help with new coach training, kit and equipment purchase and fees for pitches and officials.
The Grow the Game funded by the Premier League and The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation, is designed to increase participation amongst under-represented groups by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams.
The scheme goes beyond providing temporary activity sessions which are susceptible to drops in participation. The aim is to creates a solid long term infrastructure of newly-trained coaches and grassroots teams that play in FA-affiliated leagues.
Grow the Game grants enable clubs to provide regular football for three specific sections of society where there is a demand but also a lack of opportunities. These sections are: women and girls; disabled players; and boys and mens’ teams from the Under-15 age group and above. This demographic has been targeted specifically to address the decline in participation in male football that occurs as boys progress through school to the more crucial exam years and eventually leave school and college altogether.
Clint Ricketts, FC Abbeymeads assistant secretary, said: “Because of the extra funding from the Football Foundation Grow the Game grant we have managed to speed up our club growth plan, helping us with the two new teams for next season.”
A Football Foundation Ambassador and one of the UK’s best-known female sports journalists, Hayley McQueen, said: “Very well done to FC Abbeymeads for working with the Football Foundation and WiltshireFA to secure this Grow the Game grant. This investment, which is provided by the Premier League and the FA, has created an opportunity for more people to play football, which will not only keep them fit and healthy but also develop their life-skills.
“Grants like this one make a real difference to grassroots football. They help clubs meet the costs associated with starting a new team – like getting volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges – and so help to drive up participation levels in the sport, especially amongst under-represented groups.”
For information about joining the FC Abbeymeads under 15 and under 18s teams for the 2 new teams or any of their other teams from under 7 upwards through to the adult teams, contact Clint Ricketts: firstname.lastname@example.org