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The Football Foundation has announced that is has now supported more than £1 billion of grassroots sports projects.
Since launching in 2000, the Foundation has funded 12,007 projects with grants worth £473m, which it has used to attract a further £732m in additional partnership funding. This totals a staggering £1.205bn of investment into the grassroots game.
With concussion a hot topic in the world of sport recently, Dr Charlotte Cowie, Clinical Director for Perform at St George’s Park, looks at the issue and the possible implications for grassroots football.
Although it has been an accepted risk of contact sport for many years, doctors have only recently begun to understand the way that concussion affects the brain and its ongoing function.
Grassroots football clubs looking to grow their numbers are being invited to apply for a share of £1.5m of Football Foundation funding.
The Grow the Game scheme is designed to increase participation in grassroots football, by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams, such as such as league entry, referees’ fees, first aid kits, FA coaching courses and football strips.
Footballers across the country refused to play last Sunday in protest at the rising costs facing amateur teams and the lack of investment in grassroots football from the professional game.
The focus of the protest was on Merseyside at the home of Woolton FC, where around 300 people braved the winter weather to support the Save Grassroots Football campaign, which calls on the Premier League to invest 7.5% of its broadcasting rights into the grassroots game.