Aspiring grassroots footballers from two underrepresented groups will soon have the opportunity to play in more teams thanks to the Grow the Game programme, a £1.5m investment by The FA. In addition, mini soccer teams as well as youth and adult male teams can access funds through Somerset FA.
Grow the Game
Delivered by the Football Foundation and first launched back in 2010, offers grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams. This year, applications are being encouraged from clubs who want to start:
• Women and girls teams
• 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.
The application window for Grow the Game applications is now open and closes on Thursday 29 March.
Grow the game
Somerset FA Growth Fund
To aid the creation of youth and adult male football teams in the county, Somerset FA are also launching their Growth Fund. This fund is for the creation of youth male (14-18) and adult male teams in the county.
Somerset FA Mini Money
To aid the creation of mini soccer teams across the county, Somerset FA are launching 'Mini Money', our dedicated funding pot accessible by clubs to create new mini soccer teams.