Russellers FC receives £5000 mini soccer grant

Grassroots football in Mottingam and the surrounding areas of Eltham, New Eltham, Welling and Chislehurst has been given a helping hand following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant, from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The grant, which is awarded over 3 years, will enable Russellers FC to develop at least three new mini soccer teams during the period of the scheme, starting in September 2013. The grant will be used to fund amongst other things; facility hire, league affiliation fees and FA coaching courses to build up a new breed of coaches for the club and secure a lasting legacy not only for the club, but for grass roots football in the local area.

Russellers have been providing football to youngsters in the local area for over 20 years. Delivered every Saturday morning at Cold Harbour Leisure Centre, the financial assistance will help to provide a fun environment for boys and girls aged four years and over and to learn the fundamentals of football.

Grow the Game funding increases participation in our national game by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or training volunteers to support new players and teams. The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA.

So far Grow the Game has awarded 874 separate grants worth around £4.2m to grassroots football clubs. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,791 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 72,872 new players participating each week and 10,959 new qualifications or courses being completed.

The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly-trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport, rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions, which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends.

Ben Murphy, Chairman of Russellers FC, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the award from the Football Foundation. It will deliver a lasting legacy for our club, Mottingham and the surrounding areas. Girls and boys aged 4 years and above now have a chance to keep fit and have fun on a Saturday morning. We look forward to kicking off the programme with our mini soccer open day on Saturday 13th July 09:30 – 12:30”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This additional funding provided by The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.

“This most recent funding window has seen £2.1m invested into 420 clubs right across the country

“Congratulations to Russellers FC for working with the London Football Association to secure their £5,000 Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”