England manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Codicote on funding success

PUBLISHED: 14:58 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:58 05 June 2017

England manager Gareth Southgate has congratulated Codicote for their Grow the Game award. Picture: TIM GOODE/PA

England manager Gareth Southgate has congratulated Codicote for their Grow the Game award. Picture: TIM GOODE/PA

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England manager Gareth Southgate has led the congratulations to Codicote after the football club secured a grant which they hope will encourage more youngsters to take up the game.

The award of £1,500 comes from the Grow the Game scheme, delivered by the Football Foundation, which has seen over 160,000 young players take upthe game since it was launched in 2010.

The grant will pave the way for a new U18 side to take its place in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League, a move Codicote hope will provide a stronger stepping stone into senior football.

The money will also help train the club’s youth team coaches and supply vital equipment and facilities.

And it has drawn praise from Southgate, a Football Foundation ambassador as well as the sneior men’s team boss.

He said: “I am so pleased that Codicote FC has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Hertfordshire 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.”

Chairman of Codicote FC Jim Bunday said: “This again is a fantastic opportunity for our youth development program.

“We came back to Codicote to forge links with our youth set-up and have brought in Gifton Noel-Williams who already has plans for youth coach’s development but without the funds given to us by the Football Foundation I’m not sure we could have committed anything like the resources to make this a success.”

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.

It helps with the costs involved, such as coaching courses, referees’ fees, first-aid kits and even football kit and equipment.

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