Date published: 03/09/2015
Grassroots football in Wavertree has been given a helping hand following a £1,500 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding was welcomed by Luciana Berger, MP for Wavertree, who presented AFC Warner Colts with the cheque from the Foundation last night, 6.00pm (2 September).
AFC Warner Colts worked alongside the Liverpool FA in order to secure the £1,500 grant which will allow the Club to create a new Under-9 girls’ team. The grant will also fund new coaches to be trained and qualified to FA standards in order to provide opportunities, sustain participation and inspire the youth of the community for many years to come.
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.
Luciana Berger, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, said: “It’s brilliant to see this helping hand being given to girls’ football in my constituency. Sport plays an important role in encouraging a healthy, more active population. The Football Foundation helps enable more people to play our national game, and other sports, through its investment into better quality facilities and the Grow the Game scheme, and long may this continue.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Grow the Game Scheme has been excellent for grassroots clubs looking to create new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified.
“Congratulations to AFC Warner Colts for working with the Liverpool County FA to secure a £1,500 Grow the Game grant which will certainly help to support football development in the area as well as increase participation in the region.
“It is also great to see local MP Luciana Berger supporting the growth of the grassroots game across Wavertree and was delighted to see her hand over the cheque to Warner Colts on behalf of the Foundation.”
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