Date published: 20/08/2013
Grassroots football in Witham 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 funding was welcomed by Priti Patel, MP for Witham, who presented Silver End Youth Football Club with a cheque.
Silver End Youth Football Club worked alongside the Essex FA in order to secure the £5,000 grant which will allow the Club to create three new teams over the next three years, including a 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.
In addition, the grant will contribute towards facilities hire – a necessity in providing a safe and enjoyable playing experience for the youth teams, especially during the winter months.
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.
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 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.
Priti Patel, MP for Witham, said: “Silver End Youth FC is a great local team and I congratulate them on receiving this grant. I am delighted that they will be able to now get more young people, especially girls, playing football and look forward to seeing them nurture local talent.”
Mark Aylward, Secretary at Silver End Youth Football Club, said: “We are very pleased to be awarded this grant from the Football Foundation and are very excited about the being able to grow the club through new teams - especially the prospect of having a girls’ team again. The grant will help us to get this project off the ground and sustain the new teams.”
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 Silver End Youth FC for working with the Essex 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.”
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