Grow the Game: Successful Lancashire Clubs

45 clubs receive Football Foundation grant to help fund new teams

Lancashire FA is pleased to announce that 45 clubs in the county have successfully applied for a grant through the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme.

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 amongst under-represented groups.

These grants are 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.

Applications opened earlier in the year and we are delighted to hear that so many of our clubs will be receiving financial support, which will not only provide them with much-needed resources but will also encourage more local people to enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

Iain Kay, Lancashire FA’s Football Development Manager, said: “The Grow the Game Scheme allows a number of our Lancashire clubs to develop new teams in key strategic areas which we are actively trying to address.

“The grant allows clubs to cover a variety of costs in developing these teams which helps not only to establish the team but also to ensure their long-term sustainability within grassroots football.

“It’s pleasing to see the number of clubs who have been successful this year and to see so much targeted investment going to clubs here in Lancashire.

“We would like to wish all our clubs the best of look for the coming season and of course are happy to support them with their respective grants where we can.”

For more information, please contact Iain by phone on 01772 624000 or via email at

The following clubs will benefit from the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game scheme:

AFC Bolton, Ambassadors Football, Atherton Collieries AFC Academy, Atherton Town FC, Billinge Juniors FC, Blackpool FC Community Trust, Blackpool Rangers Junior FC, Blackpool Storms, Brandleshome Warriors Junior FC, Britannia FC, Chorley FC, Chorley Ladies FC, Darwen Girls & Ladies, Duddon Sports JFC, Elton Vale FC, FC Rangers, FC St Helens, FACE – Family And Community Enterprise, Farnworth Hurricanes FC, Fleetwood Town FC, Fulledge Colts FC, Golborne Sports Junior FC, Highfield FC, Hindley Juniors FC, Kirkham Junior FC, Lammack Juniors FC, Lancashire Attack JFC 2016, Lancaster & Morecambe College FC, Lancaster Giants FC, Lostock St. Gerards FC, Moss Bank Junior FC, Myerscough Junior FDCFC, Newman College FC, Olympic AFC, Padiham FC, Pennington FC, Ribbleton FC, Rochdale Sacred Heart Senior FC, Shevington FC, Southport FC, Southport Trinity FC, St Marks FC, St. Annes (Juniors) FC, The Fillies GFC, Wythenshawe Amateurs (Juniors) FC. 

Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. Last year the scheme achieved:

  • 2,159 new teams
  • 8,787 female footballers
  • 23,332 male footballers
  • 5,715 new coaching qualifications

Since it was launched in 2010, the Grow the Game scheme has attracted a total of:

  • 161,285 new football players into playing regular football

About the Football Foundation

As well as delivering Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.

Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 15,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.

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