Funding helps Cliffe Football Club Grow the Game.
Cliffe FC have been given a helping hand following a £3,000 Grow the Game grant, from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The grant will allow Cliffe FC to build upon their successful 2013/2014 season with saw them achieve a superb Cup Treble whilst earning promotion also. 2014/2015 will see Cliffe FC launch two new sides in the shape of a Sunday section and a U21 section whilst also expanding their qualified coaching staff.
The Premier League and The FA fund the Grow the Game scheme with £1.5m, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. The scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams.
The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly-trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport, rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions, which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends.
This year sees a particular emphasis placed on increasing the number of teams and players from the Under-15 age bracket and above, to address the decline in participation that has traditionally occurred as young people leave school and college. The other key focus is on growing the numbers of girls’, women’s and disability teams.
Malcolm Bryce, Cliffe FC club secretary, said:
“A fantastic boost to couple with a fantastic season, a lot of hard work happens behind the scenes at Cliffe FC to go with this season’s on-field success, and the future remains bright for the club thanks to this grant from the Football Foundation.”
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 Premier League and The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges. Congratulations to Cliffe FC for working with the East Riding County FA to secure their £3,000 Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”
About Grow the Game
During the 2012/13 season Grow the Game grants created:
• 522 new teams.
• 18,207 new football players.
• 31 new players per grant per year, which was more than double the minimum target.
• 3,172 courses completed by volunteers.
• 5 new qualifications per grant per year, which is 66% more than the minimum target.
About the Football Foundation
The Football Foundation was launched in 2000. Since then, using money from its Funding Partners – the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England, the Foundation has awarded around 12,000 grants worth more than £490m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £651m – over £1bn of investment into the grassroots game.
For more information about the Football Foundation visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk or follow on Twitter @FootballFoundtn.