Last chance for clubs to apply for £300 grant

Norwich’s Yelverton FC is celebrating after receiving a donation from the Mars Milk Play Fund

Grassroots football clubs in need of extra funding have just a few days left to apply for a grant from the Mars Milk Play Fund.

Mars are donating cash awards to sports individuals and clubs in need of extra funding so, whether you need help with new kit, travel costs, coaches, training or competition entry fees, visit and tell them why you need some funding help.

The fund runs until 30 September, when a panel of judges will select ten applicants to receive a £300 cash donation. There is also a £1,000 award for the monthly People’s Choice award, where the public can vote for their favourite individual, club or team.

Among last month’s winners are Norwich’s Yelverton FC, who have secured four promotions in as many seasons and are now playing at their highest ever level.

The club has been going from strength to strength, but they currently have to play 15 miles away from the village, making it difficult for some players to get to.

Yelverton coach Mike Larkin says: “This donation couldn’t have come at a better time. To play at our current level, our ground needs to be of a certain standard.

“We have planning permission to transform our local facilities and are now raising the funds to build dug-outs and buy new training kit.”

The Mars Milk Play Fund is open to residents of, and clubs and organisations based in the UK and Republic of Ireland only. Applicants must be 18 years or over and only one application will be accepted per person, club or organisation. To apply visit

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  1. Charlene on September 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    My daughter has joined a brand new U10’s team that have just started up.
    We are in need of training kits to fit a squad of 14 boys & girls of all different sizes…
    The Manager & Coaches have put so much free time into developing this squad whom have just started their first time in a league – would like to give something back, your donation would help a great deal.

  2. Mark Richardson on September 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    We are a new club with an under 10’s boy team. We are looking to form a under 14 girls team. Next season we have hope to develop a further 6 teams and all funding is welcome. We fund as much as we can but every little helps

  3. The CW Team on September 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Hi Charlene, Mark

    Thanks for the comments but not much we can do to help here, apart from reminding you to complete the application form at – good luck!

    The Club Website Team

  4. Lee SCRAFTON on September 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Hi I coach DORMANSTOWN JFC u12s and we are in urgent need of an away strip we only have one kit for home games and no away kit the season has just started and we will be playing games away soon and we only have one strip so we hope the other team isn’t in same colours please help us out thank you

  5. adam salloway on September 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Yes please thank u

  6. adam salloway on September 29, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Yes please thank u I have a under 16 team that has not had a new kit naw for 2/3 years have bin looking for a sponsor put got no luck

  7. Roy Gleiwitz on September 29, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Burpham u8,s have just created a new team due to additional new starters. We need a new kit can Mars help?



  8. Nick Ward on September 29, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Why do Youth teams want a home and away kit it’s not professional football one kit of club colours should be enough

  9. Rans Rogers on September 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Hi I am on of the coaches for Rhydfelin U13’s and we could really use a new kit instead of hand me downs from last seasons teams, it would be a big boost to our squad to be all in the same kit for once, any donation would be a great morale booster.

  10. Andy Elkins on September 29, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    As a club we have 9 youth teams from U7’s to U14’s, but it is our Soccer School for kids aged 4 to 6 which could do with some money. The sessions are totally free, and are very popular. So much so that we now have between 35 and 45 kids coming along reguarly. Unfortunately with this many kids you need a lot more equipment, and this is where the funding would go.

  11. adam salloway on September 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Olton ravens elite u16

  12. Clair Clark on September 30, 2014 at 7:08 am

    The new kemnay under 13s team that has just started would be very grateful for the funding as they dont have a full set of home kits some of the kids have different shorts so it would be nice to see all the kids with the same kits on

  13. Steve Shelley on September 30, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I run a Saturday afternoon footy team In the Ashford & District League and my team are desperate for some new match balls and training bibs to help with training.

  14. STEVEN HARRISON on September 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm


  15. The CW Team on September 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Hi folks

    Thanks for all the comments, but please make sure you complete the application form at – not much we can do here, other than bring it to your attention. Good luck!

    The Club Website Team

  16. Matt Ghillyer on September 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Hi I’m a manager for an u18s team in the djm Horsham league.

    We have just moved clubs and this is my fist season coaching. I’m just getting to grips with all the fees you have to pay. For example ref fees, coaching equipment. We would you use the funding if given to cover cost of things like, new jackets for all the members of the team and managers.

  17. Chris Leonard on October 1, 2014 at 7:19 am

    hi I run an under 11 football team I have a website with you called snowdown and aylesham youth fc. We are looking for a new kit as the sponsor has let us down and the boys and player in a kits that is 3 size to big for them your donation would help get a kit of our lads we play in the East Kent youth league div 4

  18. M Hassan on October 10, 2014 at 7:59 am

    We have been running a team of youngster between the age of 16-24 which have been in the leicester Sunday league for the last four years and have been self sustainable club.

    However this year we would like to have any help we can get as we are struggling to cope with likes of pitch fees, new kit coaching materials and the ref cost.

    So please help us with whatever you can to sustain the club and help the youngsters we have been helping all this long.

    Thank you very much for giving us the the opportunity to put our request through.

    Kind regards

    Mohamed Hassan

  19. brett parker on October 25, 2014 at 1:23 am

    I have been busy setting up new community football club in my town of Boghall West Lothian and are setting up fundraising event to take place with Party in the park its like a big gala in west Lothian we are being backed by charity alive&kicking and respectme

    hoping to get teams from all over west Lothian to pay donation amount not yet decided in return winning teams can win new kits tickets to events beauty treatment and lots more

  20. Praise Akinseye on October 31, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Hi we are a new team entering the london saturday youth league next season and we were wondering if you could sponsor us and we wouldn’t mind putting your logo on our kits.

  21. Andy Parsons on November 10, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Hi our club is 85 years old this season and we are in real need of a cash boost to aid us set up a girls team at the club and improve our ageing facilities if you can help that would be really great thank you

  22. Praise Akinseye on November 11, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    We are a new football team entering the Saturday youth league and we are looking for some new managers so can you please help us out?Can you please get back to me ASAP.
    Thank you
    Praise Akinseye

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