Northumberland clubs in line for funding boost

GRASSROOTS football clubs in Northumberland could receive a helping hand from the The Football Foundation after £2.1million of additional funding from The FA was made available to the charity.

Teams will be able to access grants of up to £5,000 through its Grow the Game scheme.

The Foundation is urging local clubs that are interested to make sure they put forward a bid before the window for applications closes on Friday, December 21.

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 across the country that are seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.

“Grow the Game funding has made a huge difference to the local grassroots game.

“The 871 Grow the Game grants that we have awarded to clubs to date is enabling them to create 3,791 new league-affiliated football teams, meaning that 72,872 new players will take up the game regularly.

“It is also funding 10,915 new qualifications or courses for grassroots volunteers.

“The new application window is a chance for more clubs from every region to take advantage. Any clubs that are interested in applying for a Grow the Game grant should visit the Grow the Game section of the Foundation’s website (www.footballfoundation.org.uk/apply/grow-the-game/) or speak to their local County FA (www.footballfoundation.org.uk/apply/key-contacts/cdms/) to find out more information.”