Horsford Youth FC are delighted to have been approved for funding as part of The FA’s Grow the Game scheme. Alongside 10 other clubs in Norfolk, we have been allocated a share of funding in order to create new football teams.

As a club, Horsford Youth FC are aiming to use this to fund development into girls football and give girls the opportunity to play and enjoy football. Over the next three years, the club aim to launch new girls teams in new age groups allowing girls the opportunity to step into football.

The Premier League and The FA fund the Grow the Game scheme with £1.9m, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. The scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams.

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 in which 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.

This year sees a particular emphasis placed on increasing the number of teams and players from the Under-15 age bracket and above, to address the decline in participation that has traditionally occurred as young people leave school and college. The other key focus is on growing the numbers of girls’, women’s and disability teams.

Shaun Turner, Norfolk County FA Chief Executive, said: “The funding that the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme has provided to Norfolk clubs will once again prove to be vital for the development of the game. This financial aid will allow for additional teams to be created, equipment and kit to be purchased and volunteer coaches in the area to further their knowledge, helping ensure that football in Norfolk can provide positive experiences for more and more people.”

A Football Foundation Ambassador and a keen footballer himself, Ben Shephard said: “This Grow the Game funding, provided by the Premier League and The FA, is excellent news for the Norfolk area. They deserve real credit for working with the Football Foundation and Norfolk County FA to help secure the grant.
“Grow the Game funding makes a tangible difference, it helps to increase participation in the sport. It allows clubs at the lowest levels of the game to pay for things associated with starting new teams, like making sure their volunteer coaches can get qualified with FA coaching badges.”

If you’d like to get involved in coaching or volunteering with Horsford Youth FC, get in touch with us, info@horsfordyouthfc.co.uk