Grassroots projects to benefit from 1966 celebration

FA to distribute 66 grants of £1,966 to help mark 50th anniversary of England winning World Cup 

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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.

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1 Comment

  1. Ian Marshall on June 13, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    That’s great for the recipients of the £1966 for their small repairs and maintenance ,that figure won’t buy a decent set of goals for a club( talking full size on wheels). So the FA have found away to spend 140 grand out of an alleged 250 million. Clubs are folding due to rising costs and the smaller clubs are being swallowed up by the football factories,in it for the money clubs.The FA should be looking to buy up bits of land from local councils and turn them in to hubs for local clubs and schools as well as using thenm for venues where FA acredited coaches and refs can obtain experience and their hours for level 2 s. They should look to employ local grassroots representatives in all areas who could run of a list of projects that will help the game. My club with help from a couple of other clubs lobbied for a FA grant to turn a sand based Astro in to G3 .The same venue that we still use now costs us £3000 more than last season. My club has produced several international s ( one in France at the moment)and one former England captain and we are finding it difficult to maintain standards ,we have just become a Development club too . More needs to be done at grassroots level before it stops being a game for every body just a fortunate few that can afford to.

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