FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION AND FOOTBALL FOUNDATION
The £1 million fund has been created to boost football’s traditional format following a recent decrease in the number of adult male FA-affiliated grassroots league teams.
Grants of £750 are being made available to clubs with existing male teams to support the essential costs of pitch hire, training venues, First Aid courses and playing kit/equipment.
Applications will be accepted from clubs that operate with two or more male members (Under-17 to Under-21, Open Age and Veterans) and meet the following criteria:
Adult clubs with two or more adult male teams that hold the FA’s Adult Charter Standard award, Charter Standard Development or Charter Standard Community Club award.
Adult clubs with two or more adult male teams who commit to become Adult Charter Standard within the 2018/19 season.
Priority will be given to:
- Clubs with three or more adult male teams
- Clubs that have been in existence for 5-9 seasons
- Clubs that have been in existence for 10 of more seasons
- Clubs who operate in leagues employing Full Time
The grant will be awarded split across two years, and the grant instalment will vary depending on the status of the club.
Retain the Game is inclusive of players from different ethnic backgrounds, faiths and sexual orientations.
This push to reverse the decline in adult male league football follows the recent Grow the Game funding window for 2018, which made £1.5 million available for grassroots clubs looking to create new women and girls or disability football teams. According to the Football Foundation, this offer was met by an overwhelming response and it is predicted that this year’s investment will create around 1,000 new female and disability teams in the grassroots game.
The deadline for application is 30 May 2018 (5pm)
Applicants will be notified if they have been successful or not by 17 July 2018.
Full details can be found on the Football Foundation https://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/retain-the-game/