Footballers living with disabilities in Lancaster and the surrounding areas are set to benefit from a significant boost in competitive opportunities after Lancaster City FC were awarded a £1,500 Grow the Game grant.
The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association [The FA] and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable Lancaster City FC to create a new PAN disability football provision for over 16’s. Within this, 1 new team will be created opening up new opportunities for local players with a range of disabilities, impairments and long-term conditions to take part in structured and competitive football. In addition, the grant will also provide opportunity to recruit 2 new coaches and help them progress their knowledge and gain valuable education/training.
The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
Shane Hudson, General Manager, said: “As a club we are delighted to receive this grant from The FA and the Football Foundation, which will allow us to add a disability provision to the club’s current football offering.
PAN Disability football is a fantastic format of football which can unite people with varying impairments, additional needs and health conditions together through football. We are looking forward to welcoming new people to the club and helping people who are unable to enter mainstream football, the chance to represent their town and their club.
We would urge anyone interested in playing for this new team, plus anyone interested in coaching, to get in touch with the club.”
For more information contact:
Shane Hudson, 01524 382238, firstname.lastname@example.org