Grant to be used to bring back girls’ sides
Bromley Green will benefit from a £4,500 Grow the Game grant.
The award is part of a £2.5m programme funded by the Football Association and the Football Foundation available to grassroots clubs.
The grant will allow the South Willesborough club to re-introduce girls’ football for three sides over a three-year period, with Green initially targeting 10 to 13-year-olds but they intend to expand provision and add age-groups to satisfy demand.
Patron Dave Homewood said: “We are delighted to have the backing of the Foundation at a time when women’s football is enjoying national success.
“Working closely with the Football Association and Ashford Borough Council, this fits in perfectly with our plans to secure fit-for-purpose facilities to accommodate our diverse playing membership with provision for boys, girls, disability and adult activities”.
England manager Gareth Southgate, whose own career began by playing in local football in Sussex, is backing the scheme.
He said: “Bromley Green have worked hard with the Kent FA and the Football Foundation to get more people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.”
Meanwhile, Green are extending an invitation to former players to be part of the Mark Stanley Memorial Game on Sunday.
It is part of a family fun-day to celebrate Mark’s life, following his death in July last year. Anybody interested in playing should meet at 1pm
Bromley Green are also staging a Soccer Fun Festival over three days later this month.
All youngsters aged between five and 11 are welcome on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 23, 24 and 25.
The sessions run from 10am to 2pm with a cooked lunch provided.
Bookings are being taken for individual sessions or all three – contact Steph on 07595077864.