School hitting its goals thanks to an FA grant

A Rastrick school is achieving its goals thanks to a grant from the FA’s Youth Football goalposts initiative.

The grant will mean that children at Carr Green Primary School will be able to play matches with goalposts that are relative to their age and size.

The Football Foundation works with The FA to provide funding towards the installation of goalposts that supports the implementation of The FA’s Youth Development Review.

The new 9v9, 7v7 and 5v5 formats – played on smaller pitches with smaller goals – aim to develop more technically-gifted English players. Extensive research has shown that the game is more enjoyable for youngsters as they receive more touches of the ball and the game is less likely to be dominated by larger, more physical players.

More than 600 clubs benefitted from a total of £444,000 funding from the FA. Applications are being taken for the remaining £556,000 of £1million funding.

Deputy head Paul Mashinter said: “We are delighted to have received the support of the West Riding County FA in our grant application and we are very grateful for the assistance of the Football Foundation whose financial assistance has helped keep inter-school football going in East Calderdale.”