England football manager praises Wellington club

By Mark Pritchett in Football

WELLINGTON Football Club are celebrating after being awarded a £3000 Grow the Game grant – and it has attracted praise from England manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in the Wellington are , has paved the way for Wellington Football Club to create two open aged five-a-side teams -Tigers and Panthers - for disabled players in the area. Within excess of ten players already in training under the direction of Level 2 coach, Jason Fox, the players are already looking forward to playing in the The Pan Disability League this coming season.

England coach and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said “I am so pleased that the Wellington club has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Somerset 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 among 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 of FA coaching courses; FA League affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit and equipment.

Jason Fox, Wellington GFA head Coach, said “We are very pleased to receive the grant which will sustain and move this team forward.”

For more information contact Colin Waller on 01823 667411, e-mail youth@wellingtonafc.co.uk

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