13 New Teams in Cornwall

£19,500 of FA investment to start new grassroots football teams in Cornwall

13 new grassroots teams will be created in Cornwall thanks to £19,500 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 27 volunteer coaches to become trained up in the relevant qualifications, in order to deliver age and ability appropriate coaching at the new teams.

The 13 new teams are spread across all areas of the game, and include, female, male, youth and disability, the youngest side is a new U10 team female team. The fact the grants are spread across the whole County also shows that these are genuine new teams and new or returning players. We are especially pleased that a few of the teams strengthen our U21 league which has been successfully running for 3 years and aimed at addressing the drop off at post 16 football.

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.

Dawn Aberdeen, Chief Executive, said: With the support of the Football Foundation and The FA it has been fantastic that we have been able to create 13 new teams and help 27 people with their coaching qualifications, this funding is vital as we look to develop and sustain the game in Cornwall .”

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 13 new teams and 27 new coaches across the Cornwall 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 Cornwall. 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:

Phil Cardew at: Phil.Cardew@cornwallfa.com

Football Foundation at: events@footballfoundation.org.uk 

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