Scole get financial boost
England Under-19s head coach, Paul Simpson, believes funding from The FA’s Retain the Game scheme could help to secure the long-term future of Scole United.
The grant, which has been awarded to help aid the retention of adult teams within grassroots football, will enable Scole to continue to sustain their four adult teams – women, firsts, reserves and veterans 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 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.
The strategy aims to encourage more clubs to strive for Adult Charter Standard, with research from The FA demonstrating increased levels of sustainability and player recruitment for teams with this award.
Simpson said: “It is very pleasing to see Scole United 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.”
Meanwhile, Scole secretary Paul Head added: “It can only be good news that the Football Foundation is supporting grassroots clubs like ours to help fund the ever increasing costs of running football clubs, and assists us in retaining the game locally in south Norfolk.
“We very much look forward to working with them in the future.”