Date published: 04/06/2013
Grassroots football in Sittingbourne has been given a helping hand following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant, from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The grant will allow Woodstock Youth FC to build on youth development by introducing new age groups to follow in the footsteps of our current under 7’s , whom will move to under 8’s next season. Our aim is to use this money to create 6 new teams over the next three seasons. The money will be used for many different purposes, including administration, coaching, training facilities, training individuals and other running costs. Each season we will be introducing two new under 6’s which will be our development squad and introduce boys and girls into a structured football programme. However if other opportunities arise we will not turn them away as this money’s ultimate goal is to increase the participation in youth football. So if anyone is interested in joining us please contact David Brown, Woodstock Youth’s chairman on 07795 465384 or email email@example.com.
This season has seen Sittingbourne FC join the ranks at Woodstock, where they are fully integrated into the Woodstock family of clubs. Included within this arrangement comes the Sittingbourne FC Academy which provides a structured education programme alongside an advance football academy. This programme is supported by our three senior clubs, all at different steps of the football pyramid (for example; county, Kent and Ryman level). This ensures that all abilities are catered for at each of the different stages of each players development programme. We aim to recruit from the youth teams within the club and beyond, but within the local community of Swale. This will give the youth players of all ages, coaches, parents and team administrators involved within the club something to aim for.
Woodstock Youth in conjunction with “Grow the Game” funding scheme will increase participation in our national game by helping our club to provide opportunities for new players, helping us to train volunteers to support new players and teams for the next three years and beyond. This programme is delivered in partnership with our local County FA as part of a national game strategy involving all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA.
So far Grow the Game has awarded 874 separate grants worth around £4.2m to grassroots football clubs of which Woodstock Youth are proud to be a partner, and assist the FA in delivering this scheme within the Sittingbourne area. Our research carried out to date using existing analysis of the monitoring and evaluation data 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.
Woodstock Youth along with the FA believe the key strength of Grow the Game strategy is that its’ intended 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.
David Brown, Chairman of Woodstock Youth FC said, “I can speak for the wider Woodstock football community in saying that we are proud to have been chosen to assist the Football Foundation & The FA in rolling out the Grow the Game strategy within Kent. This will enable us at Woodstock to grow a sustainable youth development programme with a clear direction and future for all our new players through to an established, structured Academy programme and beyond into senior football.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This additional funding provided by The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.
“This most recent funding window has seen £2.1m invested into 420 clubs right across the country.
“Congratulations to Woodstock Youth FC for working with the Kent Football Association 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.”