COTTAGE Farm Rangers are celebrating after being awarded a £6000 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 Tamworth, has paved the way for Cottage Farm Rangers to build on the foundations of the club, laid over the last 20 years to expand the number of girls playing football.
Next season Cottage Farm Rangers will enter a girls Under 7’s (current school year 1) into the Tamworth Junior League.
England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Cottage Farm Rangers has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Birmingham 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.”
Ian Ashman, Cottage Farm Rangers Development Officer said: “The club is delighted to have received this grant and the money will further enable the club to develop our coaches who deliver some of the best coaching in the Midlands; particularly to the girls within the club. We have seen an increase in the number of girls joining the club in recent years and felt it was now the right time to form a girls team building on the success of the work done by our foundation phase coaches.
“Any girls who are currently in school year 1, who have an interest in football and would like to learn the beautiful game in a fun and friendly environment with FA youth qualified coaches are invited to contact the club.”