Leighton United FC are on the hunt for the next generation of female players after receiving a £3,000 Grow the Game grant spread over the next three years.
The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association (The FA) and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable Leighton United FC to create new teams for girls under the age of nine, providing a significant boost to female participatory opportunities in Leighton Buzzard and surrounding areas.
The Grow the Game scheme sees grants awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
Alan Redrup, Leighton United FC Chairman said: “Leighton United are proud to have provided opportunities over many years for girls to enjoy playing football. Traditionally the starting age has been under tens. This very welcome funding from the FA and the Football Foundation will now enable us to meet growing demand from younger age groups, especially under nines for which two new teams will be established for the forthcoming 2019 – 2020 season and with the expectation of more new teams for the 2020 – 2021 season.”