Grassroots football clubs in England can get a helping hand from the Football Foundation from today as applications open for the Grow the Game scheme.
The country’s largest sports charity has announced that £2.1m of funding from the Football Association is to be made available to help the development of grassroots clubs.
Designed to increase participation in the national game, the Grow the Game scheme provides funding to clubs planning to set up two or more new football teams over the next two years.
Clubs providing new football activity can access grants of up to £5,000 to help with costs such as facility hire, referee fees, CRB checks or FA coaching courses.
Football Foundation Chief Executive Paul Thorogood said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes.
"This additional funding provided by the FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs that are seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.
“Grow the Game funding has made a huge difference to the grassroots game. The 871 grants awarded to clubs to date are enabling them to create 3,791 new league-affiliated football teams, meaning that 72,872 new players will take up the game regularly.
"It is also funding 10,915 new qualifications or courses for grassroots volunteers. This new application window is a chance for more clubs to take advantage.”
Does your club want a helping hand to grow?
Applications for the Grow the Game scheme are now open until 21 December.