South­gate backs grant award

Middlesbrough Herald & Post - - SPORT -

ENG­LAND man­ager Gareth South­gate has praised Nor­ton and Stock­ton An­cient Ladies and Girls af­ter they were awarded a £4,500 Grow the Game grant.

The cash has paved the way for the club to add a new ladies team and two ju­nior girls teams to its ever-grow­ing fe­male sec­tion.

The fund­ing will help to­wards costs in­clud­ing kits, train­ing fa­cil­i­ties, ref­eree fees, af­fil­i­a­tion fees and de­vel­op­ing coaches.

Eng­land boss and Foot­ball Foun­da­tion am­bas­sador South­gate said: “I am so pleased that Nor­ton and Stock­ton An­cients FC has se­cured this Grow the Game grant.

“The club has worked very hard with Durham 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.

“This is money that is flow­ing from the very top of the game down to the low­est lev­els, to help clubs at the grass­roots.”

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 un­der­rep­re­sented groups.

Vicki Hutchin­son, head of women and girls’ foot­ball at Nor­ton and Stock­ton An­cients FC, said: “This will en­able our fe­male sec­tion to con­tinue to thrive and en­able more girls to join a friendly, lo­cal club that un­der­stands the value of team sport as part of a child’s de­vel­op­ment.”

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