GROW THE GAME 2019 NOW OPEN TO HELP CREATE NEW TEAMS IN OXFORDSHIRE!

Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation and funded by The FA, was first launched in 2010 to provide clubs with funding for the creation of new teams and chances for aspiring footballers in the local community to play. Since launching, the scheme has helped to create over 11,000 new teams, delivering new playing opportunities to an estimated 144,000 community footballers.

The scheme will provide an investment of £1.5m to traditionally underrepresented groups in community football and give further playing opportunities in new disability, women’s and girl’s teams in the process.

Grow the Game grants of £1,500 will be made available to every new team created, helping to relieve the financial burden on clubs by helping towards FA coaching courses, league affiliation costs, referees’ fees, first aid kits or even kit and equipment. In 2018, the scheme helped to support the growth of 872 female and 294 disability teams respectively.

The application window for Grow the Game is now open and closes on Thursday 28 March.

Clubs seeking more information on the scheme should contact James Shiplee at Oxfordshire FA on development@oxfordshirefa.com or visit the Football Foundation website.