England Manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Leeds United Foundation
Leeds United Foundation Girls Junior football Club are celebrating after being awarded a £6000 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 Leeds, has paved the way for Leeds United Foundation to invest in the development of a girls junior football club over the next 3 years with the addition of two under 7 teams alongside training support for coaches and access to facilities, kit and match officials
England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said:
“I am so pleased that Leeds United Foundation Girls JFC has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with West Riding County 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.
Gary Waddington, Leeds United Foundation Girls JFC Development Manager, said:
“It’s fantastic that we have received funding from Grow the Game to allow us to provide local young girls the chance to participate and enjoy football in an area of Leeds that has very little girl’s provision.
The funding will allow us to expand our female football structure and pathways to ensure it gives girls of all ability the opportunity to get involved in playing more frequently”