Abbeymeads Football Club is on the hunt for the next generation of female players after receiving a Grow the Game grant.
The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable FC Abbeymeads to create a new team of budding lionesses in the U14 category.
The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
Clint Ricketts FC Abbeymeads Chairman, said: ”As a club we have been trying to increase participation for some time, with ever increasing costs this grant has now enabled us to increase participation in the girls' game even more. We will now have two girls' teams running next season. Also with the FA and SSEs help we managed to get funding for a SSE Wildcats girls development centre for 5-11 year old girls that want to learn football in a safe and fun environment with coaching from highly qualified professionals for a very low cost. We are very proud that as the only club in Swindon to get this we are striving all the time to increase standards and set the bar high!
"As a club we are working closely on increasing all aspects of the game and with 24 mixed teams, two girls teams and an open aged team we will continue to keep growing as long as the funding and participation is there."
"The club has been highly commended as a club this year in the grassroots awards, had highly commended volunteer of the year and one of the coaches James Glock, has won coach of the year. As well as all of this Abbey Meads FC have now been granted the highest status a grassroots club can have “FA Charter Standard Community Status”
The club is looking for sponsorship from local and national businesses, is it also looking for anyone who would like to become a volunteer coach.