England manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Nailsea Junior Football Club

PUBLISHED: 09:16 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:16 04 July 2017

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Nailsea Junior Football Club has been awarded a £3,000 Grow the Game grant to help set up an Under-18 team.

Nailsea Junior Football Club is celebrating after being awarded a £3,000 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 Nailsea, has paved the way for an Under-18 team to enable players to continue junior football for another two years before moving onto senior football.

England manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Nailsea has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Somerset 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 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.

Club chairman Ryan King, said: “We have created a team to bridge the gap between junior and senior football and hope to keep more players in the game for longer. We will start this season with one team and hopefully moving to two teams from 2018/2019 onwards.”


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