Catholic United are pleased to announce they have had their application for The FA’s Retain the Game scheme accepted.
The grant, which has been awarded to help aid the retention of adult male teams within grassroots football, will enable The Hoops to sustain their four playing teams 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 & 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 & player recruitment for teams with this award
Money invested as part of Retain the Game will go towards covering core costs - including matchday and training facility hire.
The new scheme has further bolstered The FA’s efforts to increase participation in grassroots football. Earlier this year, they also awarded grants of £1,500 as part of their Grow the Game programme, with particular emphasis placed on boosting the number of female & disabled grassroots football teams.
Committee member Thomas Kearney, who applied on behalf of the club, believes this will prove pivotal in what are expected to be a couple of transitional year for Catholic United.
"It is extremely encouraging to have The FA & the Football Foundation supporting community level participation in the adult male game,” said Kearney.
“Having been evicted from Wellstead Gardens in May, Catholic United will not be playing at a recognised home venue over the forthcoming season as a long-term facility is pursued for the future of the club.”
The Len Salmon Stadium in Pitsea will host 1XI fixtures while the Reserves, Vets & the newly formed A Team / 3XI will be playing at Eastwoodbury Lane.
“This grant over the next couple of years will help contribute to the financial burden forced upon us in an already challenging environment, thus allowing the club to continue offering affordable & competitive football to local people wanting to play at an amateur level,” added Kearney.
Further information about the new scheme can be found here: https://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/retain-the-game/
Updated 15:00 - 10 Oct 2018 by Thomas Kearney