Date published: 25/06/2013
Shadow Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Yvette Cooper, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford gave grassroots football in West Yorkshire a boost when she presented a cheque for £5,000 from the Football Foundation to Castleford White Rose Ladies FC.
The funding will allow Castleford White Rose Ladies FC to expand their junior setup, with the addition of five new teams over the next two years, and the provision of FA coaching courses to all of their existing and future volunteers.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the nation’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Grow the Game funding increases participation in our national game by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or training volunteers to support new players and teams. The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA.
The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly-trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport, rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions, which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends.
So far Grow the Game has awarded 874 separate grants worth around £4.2m to grassroots football clubs. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,791 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 72,872 new players participating each week and 10,959 new qualifications or courses being completed.
The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, said: “With the Olympics only a year ago there’s a real interest in women’s football, especially with the Women’s Euros just around the corner. And as an honorary patron of Castleford White Rose Ladies, it’s absolutely fantastic to see them growing as a club, and this grant will really help bring more young women and girls into the game and I hope anyone who’s interested will take advantage and join one of the new teams.”
Steve Conboy, Junior Development Officer at Castleford White Rose Ladies FC, said: “Castleford White Rose’s ambitions to develop a footballing academy for girls for the five towns district may have seemed like a dream to some but the Football Foundation have helped us to begin making this dream become a reality.
“The grant provides the club with the funds to support 5 new teams over the next two years and to educate our volunteers and coaches with FA coaching badges so that we provide a top quality environment for the girls of our community.”
Caroline Hulme, Women and Girls’ Football Development Officer at West Riding FA, said: “Castleford White Rose Ladies Football Club is a well organised and well run club. They are proactive and committed to increasing female participation and creating new teams as displayed by the six existing female teams they currently consist of.
“The club are looking to exceed the number of teams created during this project and this will have a great impact on female football within the area.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations to Castleford White Rose FC for working with the West Riding 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.
“I would also like to thank local MP the Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP for supporting our work in her constituency by presenting the Grow the Game cheque to the club.
“Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This funding is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.”
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