Horsford Youth F.C. are delighted to have received £500 in Norfolk FA grants which have been spent already in providing coaching courses to new coaches.

The Play Coach Volunteer Referee (PCVR) Club Support Fund is designed to provide support to clubs across three main areas. These include; football services such as affiliations, education, insurance and pitch hire at Norfolk FA facilities; Nike Kit, apparel and equipment through local distributor 4Sports; goals and grounds equipment through local manufacturer MH Goals.

After a staggering amount of interest and applications reaching the value of over £30,000, the Norfolk FA panel faced the tough task of filtering through each request and determining who would receive support and in what amount.

It can now be confirmed that over 40 clubs have been told of their success in being awarded grants varying between £75 and £500 with the grant distribution total reaching over £8,000.

Norfolk FA Chairman, Michael Banham said: “The PCVR Club Support Fund was devised as part of the new Play Coach Volunteer Referee Strategy and through it Norfolk FA has committed significant funds in an effort to support our local clubs.

“The interest in the scheme is evident to see and while it’s hard to have to decline some applications, it’s brilliant that many clubs across the County will be receiving much needed financial aid this season.”

Chief Executive, Gavin Lemmon said: “Through various surveys and research it’s been identified that finances are a barrier to success within the grassroots game and it’s fantastic that we have been able to provide even just a little bit of support to clubs that are in need.

“The sheer volume of applications we have received is a clear indication that this sort of support is very much valued by the Norfolk Football community and as such we will endeavour to provide further support moving forward.”