‘FA grant can secure Amersham’
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.”