Tuesday 26 June 2012
Boost for junior football in Thornaby
Local people in Thornaby will be putting on their boots following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant, from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The grant will allow Thornaby Football Club to form as a new Under-7 team for it’s first year competing in the Teesside Junior Football Alliance (TJFA), the biggest youth football league in the country.
It will enable a minimum of ten Under-7 children to receive high quality coaching on a weekly basis and participate in the TJFA 2012/13 season.
The children will train at the local secondary school, Thornaby Academy, and it will also provide opportunities in the first year for three young people aged between 16-21 from the local area to coach regularly with supervision from FA Level 2 qualified coaches and train towards becoming FA Level 1 football coaches themselves.
Over the course of three years the club are looking to feed an Under-7 team into the TJFA each football season. The project officially commences on the Saturday 30 June 2012 at 10.00am at the Thornaby Academy in Stockton-on-Tees.
The core objective of the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game’s programme is to increase participation and enable more people to play our national game through supporting the development of grassroots clubs. The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA and Government.
So far Grow the Game has awarded 894 separate grants worth £4,354,926 to grassroots football clubs. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,716 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 70,489 new players participating each week and 14,111 new qualifications or courses being completed.
The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly-trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport, rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions, which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends.
The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity, launched in 2000 and funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England). Since then it 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.
Darren Morton, grant co-ordinator and Thornaby FC under 7’s manager, said: “Receiving funding from the Football Foundation is an absolutely fantastic boost to Thornaby FC as a club and Thornaby as an area. It will give many young people who have difficulties becoming involved in football due to a lack of opportunity and finance, that opportunity, right on their doorstep. I’m very excited to get the project underway and begin making a difference in the Thornaby area.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I congratulate Thornaby FC for receiving this Grow the Game grant, which will increase sport participation and support football development in the region. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the North Riding County FA for their help in making this happen.
“The new teams and players generated by the Grow the Game scheme, since its launch three years ago, will go a long way towards helping The FA to achieve its growth target of 150,000 new participants by 2013. It is also helping government and Sport England get more people engaging in regular sport.
“The Football Foundation is committed – with funding provided by the Premier League, The FA and Government – to improve grassroots community sporting provision and help make this legacy vision a reality.”
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