Wyke girls hit the funding jackpot

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Local girls in Wyke will be putting on their boots following a £5,000 Grow the Game Grant from the football foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The grant will allow Wyke Wanderers Junior Football Club to start junior under sevens – under 10 girls only teams in season 2012-2013 and to provide women coaches to run the teams.

The core objective of the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game’s programme is to increase participation and enable more people to play our national game through supporting the development of grassroot clubs. The programme is delivered in partnership with all 46 County FA’s and funded by the FA and Government.

So far Grow the Game has awarded 894 separate grants worth £4,354,926 to grassroots football clubs. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,716 brand new football teams competing in FA-Affiliated leagues, 70,489 new players participating each week and 14,111 new qualifications or qualifications or courses being completed.

The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly trained coaches and 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.

The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity, launched in 2000 and funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government (via Sport England). Since then it has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

Tara Nolan the new Wyke Wanderers Girls Team Head Coach, said “The Football Foundation grant funding is fantastic. The grant will give increased opportunity to local girls to receive quality coaching from qualified coaches and to play football in the local girls league. Any under sevens to under 10 girls looking to play football can contact the club school liaison officer Andy Pickersgill 07872 332514 or myself 07790 919159 for further information.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief executive of the Football Foundation, said. “I congratulate Wyke Wanderers for receiving this Grow the Game grant, which will increase sport participation and support football development in the region. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the West Riding County FA for their help in making this happen. The new teams and players generated by the Grow the Game scheme, since its launch three years ago, will go a long way towards helping The FA to achieve its growth target of 150,000 new participants by 2013. It is also helping the government and Sport England get more people engaging in regular sport. The Football Foundation is committed, with funding provided by the Premier League, The FA and Government, to improve grassroots football and help make this legacy a reality