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.
The Football Association could face a cut in government funding following a drop in the number of people playing the game in England.
Participation figures published by Sport England, who provide National Lottery funding to grassroots sport’s governing bodies, show that 1.83m people currently play football once a week – a decline of 100,000 since April and a 10 percent decrease on 2005 figures.
Grassroots football in Scotland has received an early Christmas present with news of £1.4m of government funding to build new 3G pitches.
The funding from the Scottish Government’s Cashback for Communities scheme – which uses money seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act – will fund new full-sized third generation artificial turf pitches for football and rugby at five venues across Scotland.
Every month we give one grassroots football coach a soap box and let them give the world their thoughts on the beautiful game and how their teams are coached. Last but not least for 2013 is…
Name: Andrew Thwaites