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Gareth Southgate Congratulates Canvey Island Youth FC On Funding Success

Canvey Island Youth FC are celebrating after being awarded a £2,400 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Canvey has paved the way for Canvey Island Youth FC to create a further four teams and provide training courses for their managers and coaches.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: "I am so pleased that Canvey Island Youth FC has secured this Grow the Game grant.

"The club has worked very hard with Essex County FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

"Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses."

Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.

Rod Hall, Commercial Liaison Manager, said the Partnership with the Football Foundation and Essex County FA have given our club a real boost by providing this grant.

"It is a real pleasure to work with Professional Organisations and the grant will enable the club to progress its drive for the youth of Canvey, both girls and boys, to enjoy their sport. Our heartfelt thanks go to both organisations."