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Project plan

It is important to note that the information provided in this section will be used as part of the assessment process to see if your project is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely).

Should you be successful with a grant, the project plan will form the basis to assess the achievement of the aims and objectives of the project through our Monitoring & Evaluation process. Failure to achieve these aims and objectives may result in the grant payment in later years being stopped and/or the grant that has already been paid out being reclaimed.

Teams breakdown

The number of planned new participants must correspond to the number of new teams. See example below:

Grow the Game guidance - Teams breakdown example

For example, if you are establishing one new team in year one and one in year two and each team will have 15 new players, then the total number of new participants each year is 15 with 30 overall. It is not 15 in year one and 30 in year two. The players that started the new team in year one can not be considered new players in year two. You should only provide details of the number of new players for each team in each year.

Year one 

Number of new teams you plan to start

1

Age range of new teams

Under 12

Type of new team

Female

Name of League

Tyne and Wear Girls’ League

Total number of new players

15

Number of players from total that are disabled players


 Number and level of new coaches

Level one – 1 male and 1 female

Age appropriate courses – 1 male and 1 female

Year Two 

Number of new teams you plan to start

1

Age range of new teams

Under 10 

Type of new team

Female

Name of League

Tyne and Wear Girls’ League

Total number of new players

15

Number of players from total that are disabled players

3

Number and level of new coaches

Level one –1 female 

Level two – 1 male 

In this example, the grant would be £3,000 over three years:


Year one

Year two

Year three

Total per team

U12 Girls

£1,200

£300

£0

£1,500

U10 Girls

£0

£900

£600

£1,500 

Total

£1,200

£1,200

£600

£3,000


Funding menu 

In this section you need to think about what you would like to spend the grant on. There is a funding menu of items that you can choose from and each item has a maximum contribution attached to it for each year of the project. 

Maximums have been identified through looking at our previous grant award averages, as well as working with County FA’s across the country to find out average costs for each item. Some maximum limits may be less than the actual cost for your project; this is where you will need to think about how you will fund these additional costs. 

Please note, you do not have to spend the maximum contribution on each item but if you exceed the maximum amount on a particular item we will not fund the difference. 

For example: If the maximum contribution towards facility hire is £500 in year one, you can spend any amount of the grant up to £500 on this item. If you exceed this and send us invoices that total more than £500 for facility hire we will still only fund the maximum amount and you will need to provide the difference in the cost from other sources. 

The maximum amounts table that applies to your project will automatically appear in the ‘Funding menu’ section depending on the information you provided about the number of new teams you planned to establish in each year. 

Workforce Development 

The training of volunteers as coaches and officials is a key part of most projects. You must ensure that the level of workforce development included in your project plan is appropriate for the number of new teams you plan to establish. See example below:

Grow the Game guidance - Workforce development example

For example, we would usually expect to see approximately two coaches per new team. If these are new coaches then we would expect at least two Level One courses per team in year one with the potential for at least one Level Two course in year two or three. Additional workforce development may include referee courses (at a ratio of approximately one referee course per new team) and age appropriate courses depending on the age and type of teams you are planning to establish. 

We will support Level Three coaching qualifications but this is not something we would expect to see as standard. A Level Three qualification is not usually required to coach at junior level or in most senior leagues. 

Please note we will only support workforce development that relates directly to the new teams you plan to establish, we will not support courses that would benefit existing teams. 

You should agree your workforce development plan in advance with your County FA. 

For further information about coach education and workforce development you should contact your local County FA or look at the development section on their website.