Grass-roots football in Chichester has been given a helping hand with a £5,000 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
It will allow Chichester City Ladies FC to provide more teams to ensure a greater number of girls have the opportunity of playing competitive football. It is intended to run two further teams for girls at under-ten and 11 in the year one of the grant and for one further team at under-ten level in year two as teams move up to the higher age groups.
The grant will help their running costs and the training of people as coaches in accordance with FA qualifications, including first-aid training.
The Premier League and the FA fund the Grow the Game scheme with £1.5m, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. The scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs meet the essential costs of starting new teams.
This year sees emphasis on increasing the number of teams and players from the under-15 age bracket and above, to address the decline in participation that has traditionally occurred as young people leave school and college. The other key focus is on growing the numbers of girls’, women’s and disability teams.
Matt Wright, manager of Chichester ladies’ first XI, said the support of the Football Foundation was very much appreciated to help the club grow and to provide the opportunity for more young girls to take part in football.
The club will be running five teams for girls under the age of 14 in the 2014-15 season as well as their two adult teams. The club also run training sessions for ladies and girls who just want to improve their fitness and get involved in football-related activities on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings to see if they want to move into playing competitive football.
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This additional funding provided by the Premier League and The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.
“Congratulations to Chichester City Ladies for working with the Sussex FA to secure their £5,000 Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”