Grampound FC grab £5k grassroots grant

Local youngsters in the Grampound area of Cornwall are set for a major sporting boost following the news that Grampound Football Club will receive a cash injection of £5,000 from the Football Foundation.

The grant, which will go towards developing new football teams for boys and girls aged 7 to 11, will also assist the club in paying for match and training facilities, coach education, referees’ fees and other costs associated with running a football club. Additionally, the award will also help to provide a coaching and support structure to increase participation season-on-season, ultimately covering all age groups in Mini Soccer and youth football.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation’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.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Credit should go to Grampound FC and the Cornwall County FA for securing this Grow the Game funding. The Foundation’s Grow the Game grant scheme is giving crucial financial support to grassroots clubs across the country, enabling them to provide new footballing opportunities for boys and girls of all ages, and significantly increases football participation.”

Allan Webb, Chairman at Grampound FC, said: “We are immensely proud of achieving this grant and are extremely grateful to the Football Foundation for their generosity. This investment is the result of a lot of hard work by many people at the club, guided and advised by Phil Cardew from the Cornwall FA.”

“We started Saturday morning sessions to offer organised football for primary school children in our part of rural Cornwall and will now be able to extend that to entering teams in the East Cornwall Youth League.  A club is only as good as its members and ours are committed to driving this club forward, grants like these are invaluable in helping us achieve our aims.”