Posted By : Nathan Batchelor
England Manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Ecclesfield Spartans on their funding success
Ecclesfield Spartans J.F.C. are celebrating after being awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Ecclesfield, has paved the way for Ecclesfield Spartans to develop two to three new junior teams along with training 4 new grass roots coaches. The Spartans are hoping to attract both boys and girls aged from 7 years to junior football and are looking to develop a dedicated girls team.
England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Ecclesfield Spartans have secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Sheffield and Hallam FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.
“Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”
Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.
Craig Wainright, Club Secretary, said: “It has always been our intention to allow as many young people as we can to play junior football in Ecclesfield and this Grow the Game Grant will help us provide more opportunities in fast growing club. Up the Spartans!”.
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