Grassroots Football across Salford has been provided support as Foundation 92 was awarded a £2,500 grant by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.
The £2,500 grant, part of the Foundation’s Return to Football Fund, is helping Foundation 92 to continue delivery, following the lifting of government restrictions on grassroots football. The grant was made possible thanks to funding from The FA and Sport England through the Football Foundation.
This money will be used to help relaunch football outreach sessions in parks and community centres across Salford, aiming to bring new players into the game to recover after the lack of participation in football due to COVID-19.
Tom Hutton, Head of Foundation 92, stated:
“The support of the Football Foundation has allowed Foundation 92 to restart a number of free-to-access football-based sessions within the Salford community. As restrictions lift, people are returning to their local parks and it’s really important that we ensure that they can take part in physical activity in a safe manner.”
Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:
“This grant award to Foundation 92 towards football outreach sessions is vital for the local community in Salford as they get back to playing football. Our Return to Football fund is supporting clubs across the country, helping them to kick-start our national game again locally and try to recover from the effects of COVID-19.
“This is part of our wider ambition to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches, something we hope to get back to in full force as restrictions are lifted.”
The £2.1m Return to Football Fund is directly targeted at groups of people whose participation has been affected most by COVID-19, offering Clubs up to £2,500 each.
The grant comes as part of an investment of more than £16m that has been made available to help clubs prepare for the restart of grassroots football following the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the Foundation declared “Game on” and announced three funds to get football’s 12 million grassroots players back on the pitch.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.