FA to distribute 66 grants of £1,966 to help mark 50th anniversary of England winning World Cup
The Football Association is to mark the 50th anniversary of England's World Cup triumph by distributing grants of £1,966 to 66 grassroots football projects across the country.
The '66 for 66' initiative will see the 50 County FAs distribute the bulk of the grants - to ensure funding is spread throughout the country - with the remainder handed out centrally by the FA.
FA Council chair Barry Bright said: “We’ve had a host of nominations from County FAs, grassroots clubs and community groups from across the country from funds generated from last season’s FA Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea.”
“Beneficiaries include Ramsgate FC in Kent, who will spend their money improving access for wheelchair users in their clubhouse.
"Another grant is being made to the Army FA, who aim to increase female participation by organising a series of small-sided games and offering training sessions and football kits. There’s also the Westmorland County FA in Cumbria, who will be repairing some of the damage done to their clubhouse by Storm Desmond earlier this year.”
The '66 for 66' initiative was setup by the FA to ensure there was a legacy from the series of activities and events taking place this summer to commemorate England’s finest footballing moment.
These kicked off in April with Football Shirt Friday raising funds for the Bobby Moore Fund into bowel cancer research and continued last week when Wembley hosted the world premiere of ‘Bobby’ – a poignant film about the life and untimely death of England’s World Cup-winning captain.
A summer of events will culminate in ‘World Cup 66 Live’ - a minute-by-minute recounting of England's greatest triumph, to be held at the SSE Arena in Wembley on the 50th anniversary of the final itself, Saturday 30 July.