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Grow the Game

Monitoring and Evaluation Results 2015

The Premier League and The FA fund Grow the Game

Grow the Game

Introduction

The Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme (GtG) provides grants of £1,500 per team for the creation of new football teams and coaching qualifications, with money provided by The FA and the Premier League and delivered by the Football Foundation.

Report period

Displayed on this page is information on the outcomes achieved by GtG grants during season 2013-14, based on a sample of 594 M&E survey returns.


Key findings

1,753

New teams

23,252

players in the new teams

35

new players per grant award

5,735

courses completed by volunteers

9

Courses completed per grant

26%

of new players are female

Key graphs

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Comments

  • 1,753 new teams were created.
  • 367 new teams were created by clubs in the third year of their grant, when clubs are not usually asked to create any new activity. This indicates how successful the funding has been in ensuring the new teams are sustainable. 
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Comments

  • Each club in the first or second year of their grant is expected to create at least one team per year equating to a minimum of 657 new teams.
  • In their applications, grantee clubs stated they were looking to create a minimum of 1,017 new teams but the actual number of new teams created was 1,753, showing how effective the grant funding has been in creating sustainable and ever growing clubs.
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Comments

  • 23,252 new players played were created as a result of GtG funding.
  • 26% of the newly created players are in the 16+ age groups, which has seen a new focus in terms of FA priority.
  • 6,071 of these new players are female which represents 25.7% of the total new player figures
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Comments

  • Clubs are required to create a minimum of 15 new players for all clubs in years 1 or 2 of their grants.
  • The actual number of new players is 85% higher than expected
  • There were 35 new players playing per grants as a result of GtG funding.
  • By extrapolating these figures it is expected that 104,240 new players will be created as a result of GtG funding since 2010.
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Comments

  • The number of people who gained qualifications as result of GtG funding is 5,735.
  • This works out at an average of 8.7 courses per grant award
  • 1,861 of these people completed FA coaching courses, which helps to ensure the long term sustainability of the new teams.
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Comments

  • A minimum of 3 coaching courses per grant is expected per year from each of the live GtG grant awards.
  • The number of courses taken has for the first time exceeded the targets. 
  • By extrapolating these figures it is expected that 22,848 coaching qualifications will be undertaken as a result of GtG funding since 2010.

Methodology

  • In May 2014, clubs awarded GtG grants since 2012 were sent a survey in order to inform the Football Foundation of any new activity created as a result of their grant award.
  • The progress of clubs that have been awarded GtG grants is reviewed against application targets before the next instalment of funding is released in order to ensure grantee clubs are performing adequately.