‘FA grant can se­cure Amer­sham’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

ENG­LAND U19s head coach Paul Simp­son be­lieves fund­ing from The FA’s Re­tain the Game scheme could help to se­cure the long-term fu­ture of Amer­sham Town.

The grant, which has been awarded to help aid the re­ten­tion of adult male teams within grass­roots foot­ball, will help Amer­sham to sus­tain their three se­nior teams which will be sup­ported over the com­ing years.

Re­tain the Game is a pro­gramme funded by The FA and de­liv­ered by the Foot­ball Foun­da­tion. It awards grants of £750 (£500 this sea­son and £250 next sea­son) to ex­ist­ing grass­roots foot­ball clubs to boost their fi­nan­cial sus­tain­abil­ity and al­low them to con­tinue of­fer­ing play­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in or­gan­ised foot­ball.

Fund­ing has been tar­geted at clubs that op­er­ate with two or more male teams aged un­der-17 and above, and ei­ther cur­rently hold The FA’s Adult Char­ter Stan­dard Award or com­mit to at­tain­ing the award within the next foot­balling sea­son.

Simp­son said: “It’s great to see The FA and the Foot­ball Foun­da­tion sup­port­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion in the adult male game at the com­mu­nity level.

“Af­ford­abil­ity has of­ten been iden­ti­fied as a key bar­rier, so this grant will ease the fi­nan­cial bur­den placed on clubs and al­low them to con­cen­trate on pro­vid­ing ac­cess to com­pet­i­tive foot­ball.

“It is very pleas­ing to see Amer­sham Town taking ad­van­tage of this pi­lot scheme and en­sur­ing that they look for­ward to a bright fu­ture, pro­vid­ing reg­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal peo­ple to en­joy the ben­e­fits of play­ing our na­tional game.”

Money invested as part of Re­tain the Game will go to­wards cov­er­ing core costs, in­clud­ing match­day and train­ing fa­cil­ity hire, first aid train­ing and new Nike kit and equip­ment through a be­spoke voucher.

Amer­sham Town chair­man Si­mon Damery said: “We are very grate­ful to the Foot­ball Foun­da­tion. We are for­tu­nate in hav­ing good qual­ity fa­cil­i­ties but, like most clubs, meet­ing the day to day run­ning costs is a con­stant chal­lenge. At th­ese times of ris­ing costs an award such as this is a great help.”

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