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England Manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Lincoln United on their funding success

 Lincoln United are celebrating after being awarded a £3000 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 Lincoln, has paved the way for Lincoln United to this season form an Under 21 team and the following season for the first time ever a female team. The U21’s are a positive stepping stone to first team football we at Lincoln United are very excited about.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Lincoln United has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Lincolnshire 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.

Mr Adrian Coy, Chairman of Lincoln United Youth, said “This prestigious award to our grass roots club will provide some major benefits that are so desperately needed. It will enable the club to grow, maintain our charter standard and aid the development of the youth squads and volunteers who devote many hours into the running of these teams. Many thanks to the Football Foundation and Lincolnshire FA for this support, it is very much appreciated.”

For more information contact:

Mr Mark Hall

Media Officer

LUFCcomms@virginmedia.com

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