Date published: 23/08/2012
Ten local clubs affiliated to Manchester County FA have received a combined total of £50,000 of funding from the Football Foundation.
The Foundation's President, Lord Pendry, presented a giant cheque to the Manchester FA during his beloved side Stalybridge Celtic’s match versus Gainsborough Trinity FC.
The funding will allow ten local clubs in Manchester to grow the game by setting up new football teams who will play in local leagues.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’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.
So far Grow the Game has awarded 894 separate grants worth £4,354,926 to grassroots football clubs across the country. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,716 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 70,489 new players participating each week and 14,111 new qualifications or courses being completed.
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.
Lord Pendry, President of the Football Foundation, said: “It is a real pleasure to announce this funding from the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme to ten clubs across Manchester.
“These grants will help to increase and retain the number of footballers and football teams in the city, which of course means they will also help to create more opportunities for people to get involved in the game and to stay fit and healthy.”
Shirley Veevers, Senior Football Development Officer of the Manchester FA, said: “It is fantastic for our local clubs to receive this funding from the Football Foundation.
"It will help them to develop in areas such as increasing participation, supporting volunteers and coaches to gain training and qualifications, and assist with facilities. This will give the awarded clubs a significant boost going into the new season.”
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