Southgate backs grant award
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.”