Date published: 10/04/2013
More funding for goalposts is now available as the implementation of the small-sided game continues across the country, as part of The FA’s Youth Development Review. The Football Foundation has again teamed up with The FA to provide funding towards the installation of new goalposts for small-sided football.
The new 9v9, 7v7 and 5v5 formats – played on smaller pitches with smaller goals – aim to develop more technically-gifted English players, and will be mandatory for Under-11 teams from next season and Under-12 teams from 2014/15 onwards. £1m was made available by the Foundation in association with The FA to support clubs and leagues taking up the new smaller formats of the game.
The first funding window, which closed in September, saw more than 600 clubs benefit from a total of £444,000 funding. The new window, which is open for applications now, sees the remaining £556,000 of £1m funding up for grabs. The deadline for applications for this funding window is Friday 31 May.
Clubs can apply for 50% grants for the cost of British Standard 16’ x 7’ and 12’ x 6’ goalposts; successful applications in this window will guarantee delivery in time for next season.
Sir Trevor Brooking, Director of Football Development at The FA, said: “The first funding window for 9v9 goalposts was extremely successful, with junior football clubs across the country making the most of the 50% grants available to them.
“The small-sided formats of the game help youngsters to develop their touch and technique as they have more touches of the ball in a match. Young goalkeepers also benefit as they do not have to protect the same sized goal as a Premier League goalkeeper has to week in, week out.”
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