Churchtown Athletic celebrate after netting footy grant
CHURCHTOWN Athletic FC are celebrating after being awarded a ‘Grow the Game’ grant - a scheme that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.
The grant, for £1,500, is a boost to grassroots football in the area and will pave the way for Churchtown to develop a new girls-only Under 8/9 football team, and training at least two new FA qualified coaches.
Southgate, who is also a Football Foundation Ambassador, said: “I am so pleased that Churchtown Atheltic FC has secured this Grow the Game grant.
“The club has worked very hard with the Liverpool 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.”
Neil Bray, club vice chairman and girls’ football development officer at Churchtown Athletic, said: “We are enthusiastic about seeing the young people of our town get enjoyment through football. The long-term health benefits of getting young people involved in physical exercise are well documented.
“We’d like to thank The FA and the Football Foundation for supporting us as we strive to increase the participation of girls in football.”