Grow the Game offers £1.5m boost to clubs

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Clubs looking to create a disability team could be set for a healthy cash injection thanks to a helping hand from The FA.

A £1.5m investment from The FA’s Grow the Game programme will help grassroots players from two underrepresented groups play in more teams and is to be delivered by the Football Foundation.

Looking for applications from women’s and girl’s teams and disability clubs, Grow the Game grants help teams reduce associated startup costs by granting the club £1500 for each team made.

Provision for disability football throughout England is on the up, but investment drives like these generate greater interest, awareness and ultimately teams, with Blind English international Brandon Coleman saying: “By recognising areas of the game where playing opportunities are really limited and focusing on developing them by providing funds that could make all the difference, Grow the Game plays a big part in making sure that football in England is open and accessible for all.”

The application window for Grow the Game applications is now open and closes on Thursday 29 March.

Clubs seeking more information on the programme should contact their local County FA or visit the Football Foundation website.