Earlier this year The Football Foundation launched a brand new funding scheme to aid the retention of adult male teams within grassroots football clubs.
The £1 million fund was created to boost football’s traditional format following a recent decrease in the number of adult male FA-affiliated grassroots league teams.
Retain the Game, which is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation, has given successful applicants grants of £750 to continue offering valued playing opportunities in organised football. These grants will support clubs’ adult male teams in three age categories:
- Under-17 to Under-21
- Open Age
Cambridgeshire FA would like to congratulate the following clubs who were successful in their grant applications.
- Chatteris Town FC
- Cottenham United FC
- Foxton FC
- Gamlingay United FC
- Girton United FC
- Great Shelford FC
- Isleham United FC
- Litlington Athletic FC
- March Town United Football Club
- Milton FC
- Over Sports FC
- Witchford 96 FC
The Football Foundation also ran the Grow the Game funding scheme to support clubs who wanted to start female and disability teams.
Grow the Game grants help to reduce the costs associated with starting new grassroots football teams by making £1,500 available for each that a club creates. Expenditure that the funding can help a club pay for includes: FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.
Cambridgeshire FA’s clubs that were given the Grow the Game grants for their new teams were:
- Burwell Tigers FC
- Coton Football Club
- Comberton Crusaders FC
- Newmarket Town FC
- Cambourne United Football Club
- Milton Colts Football Club
- Cambridge City Ladies and Girls FC
As well as Retain the Game and Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 17,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn