Lionesses star Danielle Carter delighted by Gedling Southbank’s funding success
England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and Gedling Southbank FC following the award of a £4500 grant over the next 3 years from The FA.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in the Gedling Borough of Nottingham, has paved the way for Gedling Southbank to continue introducing girls football teams from aged 8 upwards over the next couple of years. The impact of this is expected to bring up to 40 new players into football together with 6 new coaches and other parent volunteers to help run the new teams
Danielle said: “I would like to congratulate Gedling Southbank on working with the Football Foundation and Nottinghamshire FA to secure a Grow the Game grant. Playing in an all-female team from a young age was key to my development, so I am delighted that there will be more opportunities for women and girls in the local area and wish the new teams good luck during their debut season!”
Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
Ken Steele, Vice Chairman of Gedling Southbank, said: “I can’t thank the Football Foundation and Nottinghamshire FA enough for their support over the years in helping us set up both our boys and girls sections at development level (aged 7/8 plus). This has enabled the club to provide a lifetime opportunity to play football throughout the ages for a grassroots community club. Their financial assistance makes forming young teams both affordable and manageable as they set off on their football journey.”