TV presenter Ben Shepherd urges Sussex football clubs to bid for cash

Ben Shepherd has announced a �1.5m grant pot for Sussex clubs

Ben Shepherd has announced a �1.5m grant pot for Sussex clubs

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TV presenter and Football Foundation ambassador Ben Shepherd has announced grassroots clubs in Sussex can apply for grants from a £1.5m fund.

The cash has been made available by the Premier League and the FA to aid the development of grassroots clubs across the country.

Providing clubs meet basic eligibility criteria, anyone can apply – although this year sees a particular emphasis placed on increasing the number of teams and players in the under-15 and above age bracket, where numbers traditionally decline as youngsters leave school and college. The other key focus is on growing the numbers of girls, women’s and disability teams.

Clubs will be able to access grants through the Grow the Game Scheme, which will be managed by the Football Foundation. The window for applications is open from now until February 17.

Grow the Game funding is designed to increase participation in our national game by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of creating new teams.

The grants can help pay for things like league entry, referees’ fees, first aid kits, FA coaching courses and kits. £1,500 will be available towards creating a new team.

Shepherd said: “Grow the Game makes a real difference to grassroots clubs and their volunteers.”

Keveena Mosen, Football Development Officer at the Sussex County FA, said: “This is a great opportunity for clubs to acquire funds to support the development of new teams.”

Clubs seeking information on the grants should contact the Sussex FA on 01903 766855 or at Development@SussexFA.com