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Brentwood Soccability FC get ‘Grow the Game’ grant from Football Foundation

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 October 2016

Brentwood Soccability FC have received a £6,000 ‘Grow the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation (pic: Essex FA).

Brentwood Soccability FC have received a £6,000 ‘Grow the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation (pic: Essex FA).

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Sky Sports News presienter Hayley McQueen pleased money will provide more people with opportunity to play football in the local area

Sky Sports News presenter, Hayley McQueen, has congratulated Brentwood Soccability FC after they received a £6,000 ‘Grow the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation - the country’s largest sports charity.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Brentwood, has paved the way for Brentwood Soccability to create eight new coaches with a focus on disability and inclusion, and four new pan-disability teams including adult men, adult women, adult mixed, and Powerchair Football for all ages and abilities.

The new programme at the Brentwood Centre will see growing partnerships with the Essex County FA, Disability4Sport, Fitness in Mind Brentwood, Brentwood Town and the Royal Foundation’s ‘Coach Core’ programme. Discussions are also taking place with Premier League clubs to support the Centre’s ‘Inclusive Pledge’.

Grow the Game is designed to increase participation in the national game amongst under-represented groups by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams. It is funded by the Premier League and the FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It goes beyond providing temporary activity sessions, which are more susceptible to drops in participation, but instead creates a solid infrastructure.

It brings through newly-trained coaches and grassroots teams which play in FA-affiliated leagues for the long term. This means the participation increases elicited by Grow the Game are sustainable rather than transient. The grants enable clubs to provide regular football for three specific sections of society where there is a demand, but also a lack of opportunities.

These sections are: women and girls, disabled players and boys and men’s teams from the under-15 age group and above. This demographic has been targeted specifically to address the decline in participation in male football which occurs as boys progress through school to the more crucial exam years and eventually leave school and college altogether.

Roger Davinson, Brentwood Leisure Trust CEO and Brentwood Soccability FC Chairman, said: “The funding from the Football Foundation gives us the perfect opportunity to further develop our inclusive sport and fitness programme by introducing the most popular sport in the world - football! With the range of fantastic partners on board, we will ensure that football is delivered to all ages, genders and abilities.”

Councillor Julie Morrissey of Brentwood Borough Council added: “I am delighted to be taking part in this tournament and supporting the inclusive sport and fitness programme at the Brentwood Centre. Powerchair Football is great fun and part of many wonderful opportunities currently being offered.”

A Football Foundation Ambassador and one of the UK’s best-known female sports journalists, Hayley McQueen, said: “Very well done to Brentwood Soccability FC for working with the Football Foundation and the Essex County FA to secure this ‘Grow the Game’ grant.

“This investment has created an opportunity for more people to play football, which will not only keep them fit and healthy but also develop their life skills.”

“Grants like this one make a real difference to grassroots football. They help clubs meet the costs associated with starting a new team - like getting volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges - and so help to drive up participation levels in the sport, especially amongst under-represented groups.”

Information on funding opportunities for grassroots clubs can be found at www.essexfa.com. Details are also shared on Twitter by following @EssexCountyFA and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

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