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Grow The Game Boosts Community

3 July 2017

England Manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Shrewsbury Town in the Community on their funding success

Shrewsbury Town in the Community have been awarded a £1400 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Shropshire, has paved the way for Shrewsbury Town in the Community to create a deaf/hearing impaired session, adding to the list of disability programmes that they already run.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Shrewsbury Town in the Community has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with The Shropshire FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

“Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”

Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.

Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s Head of Community Jamie Edwards, said: “We’re really pleased to get the Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation.
“We have been wanting to set up a deaf or hearing impaired team for some time now, so the money we have been given will go some way towards helping that and the work we do with our disability programmes around Shropshire.”

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