GARETH SOUTHGATE BACK FOUNDATION GIRLS CLUB
An impressive £6,000 has been awarded to the Leeds United Foundation Girls Junior Football Club thanks to the support of a special ‘Grow The Game’ initiative.
Backed by England manager and Football Foundation ambassador Gareth Southgate, the grant, provided by FA programme ‘Grow The Game’, will provide a boost to grassroots football and will allow the Foundation to invest in the development the girls club for the next three years.
Thanks to the cash benefit, two new Under7s girls teams have been created as well as further training and support for coaches and access to facilities, kit and match officials.
England manager 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 is 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.
Gary Waddington, Leeds United Foundation Girls JFC Development Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that we have received funding from Grow the Game. It will 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 a pathway to ensure it gives girls of all abilities the opportunity to get involved in playing more frequently.”