football' in Burnham-On-Sea given a £1,500 boost
United AFC is celebrating this week after being awarded a £1,500
'Grow the Game' grant, a scheme that has attracted praise from England
Manager Gareth Southgate.
grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Burnham-On-Sea,
has paved the way for Burnham United AFC to create a Fourth Team
aimed providing football opportunities for young players (Under
21s) making the transition from junior to adult football.
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.
Mens Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth
Southgate, said: "I am so pleased that Burnham United AFC has
secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard
with Somerset 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."
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
AFC Club Chairman Matt Counsell said: "At Burnham United AFC
we have benefited from a high number of U16s joining the club from
Burnham United Juniors in the last 18 months so thanks to the support
from both the Football Foundation and Somerset FA, this funding
has allowed us to start a fourth team allows us to provide more
football opportunities for these players and other Under 21s locally."
is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating
a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA
league affiliation costs; referees fees; first aid kits; and
even football kit & equipment.