England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and Edwalton Cavaliers following the award of a £3000 grant from The FA.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in West Bridgford, Edwalton and Gamston, has paved the way for Edwalton to start offering free training courses for the girls of Edwalton Primary School. An initial attendance of almost 50 girls across all age groups has left the club optimistic that they’ll be able to field 2 teams next season rather than just the one they’d aimed to launch in this first phase.
“I would like to congratulate Edwalton on working with the Football Foundation and Notts 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 Cavaliers 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, grants of up to £3000 were 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.
Tim Stacey, Edwalton FC’s Chairman, said:
“We were absolutely delighted when the Football Foundation told us we’d been successful in our application for the grant. It has long been our ambition to start a girls’ team having prioritised it as the next step to take as the club continues to move towards the next tier of grassroots football.”
“The Football Foundation’s award allowed us to make a girls’ team a reality much earlier than we thought. Incredibly it’s all happened in a busy 6 month period that has seen us move to the fantastic Nottingham Football Centre at Rushcliffe and raise the funding we’ll need to put our older age groups through refereeing and coaching courses so that ultimately they can take over the development of our boys’ teams. It all takes us one step closer to what we want to be, a totally self-sufficient club that can make sure everyone in the local community gets the footballing life they want.”