England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and Garston Ladies FC following the award of a £4,500 grant from The FA.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in Garston and its surrounding areas, has paved the way for Garston Ladies, which trains in Bushey, to create two new teams at the youngest age group at the club.
This will ensure the long-term provision of girls’ football in the community, continued by educating coaches and providing support around equipment and running costs.
In addition, funds will be used to bring together two of the senior age teams to create new opportunities for them to continue playing.
Danielle said: “I would like to congratulate Garston Ladies on working with the Football Foundation and Hertfordshire 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 all 22 teams at Garston Ladies the best of luck for the new 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 among 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.
Michael Webster, football development officer, Under 6 to Under 12, said: “The Football Foundation’s support enables us as a club to continue to buck the trend of falling participation in grassroots football.”
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