Stone Trent FC has been congratulated on their funding success by England Manager Gareth Southgate. The team are are celebrating after being awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant.
Paving the way for Stone Trent FC to create a new adult Sunday team based at Westbridge Park in the centre of town the grant will provide a boost to grassroots football in Stone. The team will compete in the Uttoxeter & District League for 2017-18.
England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Stone Trent Football Club has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Staffordshire 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, a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football foundation, awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst 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 FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.
Club Secretary, Richard Jones said: It’s fantastic that the Football Foundation have recognised the need for new football clubs in Stone. A lot of planning went into the initial application, justifying why the town needs more adult grassroots teams competing at a local level. To achieve the maximum grant available is exceptional. Twenty years ago, there were ten Sunday teams in the town, now were down to just two. However, the positive is that we are going to be based in the centre of town where football hasn’t been played for approximately eight years. The team will be managed by Luke Askey and the grant will go towards the running costs of the Club in terms of facilities, equipment, affiliation, insurance and coach education.
The Club have their own Twitter account (@stonetrentfc) and are actively looking for a kit sponsor. If you are interested please call 07813081398.