Date published: 04/09/2015
Cherry Hinton Lions FC has received a Grow the Game grant of £3,000 to set up new female football teams.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, presented the club with a cheque at their annual pre-season tournament, as well as the trophy for the under-9 tournament winners.
The club worked with the Cambridgeshire FA to secure the funding which will allow the club to create new under-8 and under-9 girls’ teams over the next two years. The grant will also go towards qualifications for the club’s coaches which will allow them to be trained and qualified to FA standards and sustain participation in the community. The club will also use the money for match day costs such as facility hire and referee fees.
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 Premier League and The FA.
So far, Grow the Game has awarded 2,319 separate grants worth around £8.6m to grassroots football clubs. Forecasts suggest that this will result in the creation of 6,777 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 91,702 new players participating each week and 23,586 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.
Daniel Zeichner, MP for Cambridge, said: ‘‘I’m delighted to see that clubs in my constituency are receiving this kind of funding from the Football Foundation and its partners.
‘‘I really enjoyed seeing the club in action, hosting their annual tournament with so many local clubs playing. I look forward to seeing Cherry Hinton Lions FC develop further with this funding.’’
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said: ‘‘Congratulations to Cherry Hinton Lions FC working with the Cambridgeshire County FA to securing a £3,000 Grow the Game grant. The grant will help develop football and increase participation in the area.
‘‘The Grow the Game scheme has really helped grassroots clubs develop by getting volunteer coaches qualified and creating new teams.
‘‘It is also brilliant to see that Daniel Zeichner MP could take the time to visit the club’s tournament and see many local teams and hand over the cheque to the club on behalf of the Foundation.’’
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