Haddenham Rovers Colts FC awarded £3,000 grant to fund coaching and start at least two new teams

Former England footballer Cherno Samba visited Haddenham Rovers Colts Football Club in June 2017.

Former England footballer Cherno Samba visited Haddenham Rovers Colts Football Club in June 2017. - Credit: Archant

Haddenham Rovers Colts FC is celebrating after being awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Haddenham, has paved the way for Haddenham Rovers Colts FC to provide coaching and other football opportunities to girls aged between seven and 10.

The grant will enhance the coaching provision at the club to help establish a minimum of two new teams.

Gareth Southgate, England Men’s senior manager and Football Foundation ambassador, said: “I am so pleased that Haddenham Rovers Colts FC has secured this Grow the Game grant.

“The club has worked very hard with Cambridgeshire County FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

“Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation.

“This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team -whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA-accredited coaching courses.”

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Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, including the cost of FA coaching courses, FA league affiliation costs, referees’ fees, first aid kits and funding football kit and equipment.

Chris Law, Haddenham Rovers Colts chairman, said: “The grant from the Football Foundation helps the club to continue to develop football for the local community, especially providing for the increased popularity in the women and girls game.”

Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

Since launching in 2010, the scheme has attracted 161,285 new football players into playing regular football.

Visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/grow-the-game/ for more information.