Growing The Game In Fowey

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Grassroots football in Fowey has been given a helping hand following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The grant will allow Fowey Town Youth Football Club to develop grassroots football and player participation as the club will be setting up new Under-8 and Under-9 mixed teams who will be training and playing in Fowey. This grant will also help develop the club's volunteers knowledge as all coaches will be attending the Level 1 football coaching course, which is delivered by Cornwall FA.

Grow the Game funding increases participation in our national game by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or training volunteers to support new players and teams. The programme in the county is delivered in partnership by the Football Foundation, The FA and Cornwall FA.

The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. The 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.

Andrew Judge, Chairman of Fowey Town Youth FC  said, "We are the first youth football team in Fowey for more than 20 years and by receiving this grant it will give our club many opportunities to build a solid foundation for the future success of the club, its teams and coaches, and this is all thanks to the football foundation grant."

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 FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.This most recent funding window has seen £2.1m invested into 420 clubs right across the country.

“Congratulations to Fowey Town Youth Football Club for working with the Cornwall Football Association to secure their £5,000 Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”