FA investing huge money to start new grassroots football teams in Devon

22 new grassroots teams will be created in Devon thanks to £33,000 of new investment in the form of Grow the Game grants.

In addition to the many new football teams that will be created, the Grow the Game grants will also allow for 53 volunteer coaches to become trained up in the relevant qualifications, in order to deliver age and ability appropriate coaching at the new teams.

New teams across Devon will include Under 18 male and adult male teams that will support the transition from Under 16 football.  The Grow the Game fund has also supported a number of the new Under 18 Girls team which will be competing the new Devon Junior and Minor League U18 girls division. 

The Grow the Game scheme is funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. The programme is designed to increase participation at the lowest levels of the game with grants of £1,500 available for each new team that a club creates.

Applications from demographics identified as having been traditionally underrepresented in the sport – namely, women and girls; male teams of Under-14s-and-upwards and disability teams – were prioritised.

The funding can help a burgeoning club pay for the fundamentals, including: FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.

Chris French, County Development Manager said “Every year this funding provides clubs across Devon to grow and seeing new teams being formed in areas of the game that can struggle proves then Grow the Game programme is a success."

Kelly Simmons MBE, The FA’s Director of Participation and Development, said: “Grow the Game not only allows us to focus on helping groups within the grassroots game, but also unearth brand new teams who want to kick a ball and increase participation levels as a result.

“The proposition of 22 new teams and 53 new coaches across the Devon area is extremely encouraging and this investment – which is provided by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation – means that participation in our national game will increase, especially amongst underrepresented groups.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This is excellent news for grassroots football in Devon. Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, is about creating long-term participation increases and getting people playing who otherwise would not have had the opportunity to do so. The FA deserves credit for directing investment to help train new coaches and get teams playing in affiliated leagues."

For more information contact:

• Chris French, chris.french@devonfa.com or 07816787194
• Football Foundation at: events@footballfoundation.org.uk 

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