There surely has never been a better time to be at the Green with strong youth, disability and senior sectors plus the re-introduction of girls football.
It is not that long ago that we made successive appearances in the Kent Ladies Cup Final, winning it once of course. Now, spearheaded by James Porter and Lisa Copham, we are re-building the girls section and have received massive support from the Football Foundation.
4 August 2017
England Manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Bromley Green FC on their funding success
Bromley Green are celebrating after being awarded a £4,500 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 East Kent, has paved the way for ‘The Green’ to re-introduce football for three girls sides over a three-year period. It will enable coaches and managers to gain FA qualifications and help towards CPD costs, first aid equipment etc. Initially, the club is targeting 10-13 year olds but intend to expand provision and add age groups to satisfy local demand.
England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Bromley Green has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with the Kent 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.”
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.
£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.
Long-serving Honorary Patron, Dave Homewood, said:
“We are delighted to have the backing of the Football Foundation at a time when women’s football is enjoying national success. Working closely with the Football Association and Ashford Borough Council, this fits in perfectly with our plans to secure fit-for-purpose facilities to accommodate our diverse playing membership with provision for boys, girls, disability and adult activities”.
PRESS RELEASE ENDS
Further information on our plans for girls football can be gained from James (07850541747) or Lisa (07713450042)
Well done to all those who trained and, although there are many away on holiday, the signs are good as all of our youth teams are putting together useful squads and increasing in numbers on an almost daily basis.
There is still room for really dedicated boys or girls (and parents!) and enquiries in the first instance are welcome to go to firstname.lastname@example.org
Two games this weekend for the seniors with local sides Ashford FC and Mersham Sports providing tough opposition at Waterside. On Saturday, Ryan Norman will bring his troops to his old hunting ground and no doubt there will be a few ex-Green faces on show. Kick off is at 2.30pm. The following day sees the visit of Matt Stanley’s Mersham Sports who have a lot of old friends in their camp and an entertaining tussle should develop. Kick off is at 10.30am. Ian Mace and Gary Gibbs have offered all of the last season’s playing staff the chance to continue but some have left for other pastures and we, as always, wish them well.
Coming back into the club after what he will admit was a somewhat undignified departure a couple of years back is defender Jamie Hurst (pictured). Jamie has spoken with senior officers and it is hoped that his more mature approach, added to the experience gained in recent seasons, will see him now settle down and play an important role in moving us up the ladder. Long-term, his aim is to again manage a youth team at the club but at the moment work commitments come first. So, the preparations for what we hope will be a successful campaign in the Kent County League and the Ashford Sunday League, begin in earnest … have an enjoyable weekend everyone.