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Women's and girls' football in Kent got a boost when Minister for Sport and local MP Hugh Robertson presented a cheque for £5,000 to a local team.
The Minister handed over a Grow the Game grant to coaches and young players at Faversham Town Elizabethans Football Club on behalf of the Football Foundation. The cheque presentation took place at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Faversham.
The funding boost will allow Faversham Town Elizabethans FC to provide girls youth football in the community at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. The Charter Standard football club, formed in 2009, will continue to facilitate mixed ability football and support volunteer football coaches at grass roots level.
Hugh Robertson, MP for Faversham and Mid Kent, said: "Getting more young people to play sport is one of the key objectives of the London 2012 Olympics. I am, therefore, delighted to present this Football Foundation cheque today to the Elizabethans and hope that it will inspire even more young people to get involved with sport."
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation's largest sports charity. Launched in July 2000, the Foundation celebrates its tenth anniversary this summer and has so far supported around 8,000 community sports projects worth £930m.
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said: "Football Foundation grants are enabling inspirational community clubs like Faversham Town Elizabethans to put the Big Society into practice. The club deserves real credit for securing this funding which, although relatively modest, will significantly increase participation in the women's game and provide it with more coaches.
"I am delighted that the Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson, is able to present the cheque today and we at the Foundation look forward to continuing to work closely with him and his Department in our joint aim of provide a lasting mass participation legacy for 2012 and beyond with money provided by the Premier League, The FA, Sport England and Government."
Ernie Brennan, Head Coach at Faversham Town Elizabethans Football Club, said: "This is fantastic news for girls football in the community. The Football Foundation recognises football for all and this grant will assist the Club's long-term aim of developing young players, coaches and referees."
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