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Chichester City Ladies & Girls Football Club are celebrating after being awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England manager Gareth Southgate.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Chichester has paved the way for Chichester City Ladies & Girls Football Club to provide a new Under 10s team and a second Under 13s team to accommodate the number of girls in this age group that want to play. It will also be used to provide training for volunteers to gain coaching, first aid and safeguarding of children qualifications to support these teams. The club will now be running 6 girls teams and a mini soccer centre for girls aged from 5 to 9, as well as 2 adult teams.
England Men's Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: "I am so pleased that Chichester City Ladies & Girls Football Club has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Sussex County FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.
"Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses."
Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees' fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.
Caz Henry Evans, Chairman & Secretary, said: "We are most grateful for this grant and the support of both the Football Foundation and the Sussex County FA to enable us to maintain and grow girls' football in this area and to assist volunteers to gain the necessary qualifications to support this."
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