England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Cheadle and Gatley JFC following the award of a £6,000 grant from The FA.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots girls and disability football in Stockpor,t has paved the way for Cheadle and Gatley to develop up to six new teams in both girls football this coming season and disability teams with the Seashell Trust in following seasons.
“I am delighted that CGJFC has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Cheshire FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.
“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish CGJFC the very best of luck for next season!”
Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
Richard Hubbard, Chedle and Gatley JFC Treasurer said:
“Thank you to the Football Foundation and the Cheshire FA for their support to our plans to expand football opportunities to children of all genders and capability. As a club we are always looking to increase participation in football regardless of gender, disability and background.”
About Grow the Game
Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. Last year the scheme supported:
2,047 new teams
10,016 female footballers
18,941 male footballers
7,407 new coaching qualifications