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Female Footballers in Sheffield are celebrating following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant awarded by the Football Foundation, the country's largest sports charity.
The grant has been awarded to the Hillsborough-based girls and women's team, Steel City Wanderers, to promote girls football and to encourage young girls from age 8 upwards to start playing the game. The emphasis will be on fun, fitness and increasing technical skills.
- The funding boost will allow Steel City Wanderers to develop 2 new Under-10 teams, who will compete in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls League in the 2011-12 season.
- The main beneficiaries of the grant will be the younger girls, but Steel City is also encouraging members of the existing older teams to become involved in the management and coaching of these new teams. There is a strong commitment at the club to encouraging a life-long involvement in football and from the age of 14 the girls are encouraged to start training to become referees and coaches.
- Participation at the club is set to grow significantly with an initial addition of 20 players and the grant will boost the number of teams run at the club from 4 to 6.
- The club will now be able to train 4 additional FA qualified coaches, improving the quality of the coaching experience for participants and increasing the number of young women involved in grass roots football in the Sheffield area.
Steel City Wanderers were established in 1993 and have been awarded both the Charter Standard and the Club Mark Recognition Award for excellence in grassroots football. They play their home matches at the Hillsborough Arena in Hillsborough Park and also train in the park during the week. If any girls, aged 8 and upwards are interested in joining the club, they need to contact the club secretary on (07790) 320848.
Funded by the Premier League, the FA, and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation's largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Tonya Snailum, Chair of Steel City Wanderers, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for the club to expand and strengthen our position as one of the top girls' football clubs in the area. This Football Foundation grant means we will be able to employ some top class F.A trainers and give these girls the best possible start."
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said: "We warmly congratulate Steel City Wanderers and the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.
"Our Grow the Game scheme helps fulfil one of the Foundation's core objectives, which is getting more people playing more football. During the 2009-10 season, Grow the Game projects attracted more than 21,000 new players to our national game.
"This new project in Hillsborough is but one example of thousands across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners - the Premier League, The FA and Government."
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