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Rangers Grow from strength to strength

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 20, 2012

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WOODVILLE youngsters will be lacing up their boots after a £5,000 cash injection.

The Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation — the country’s largest sports charity — will allow Woodville Rangers Football Club to develop three new teams over the next three years.

The new sides will be at under-seven and under-eight level and will play in the Burton Junior League.

The funding will also enable new coaches to be trained up to FA Level 2 standard and ensure the sustainability of the club from entry at four years old through to open age football.

Andrew Mansfield, Rangers’ volunteer co-ordinator and coach, said: “We are very grateful for this grant from the Football Foundation as it will allow us to create the new teams and educate new volunteer coaches.

“This will ensure the sustainability of the club and help us to continue providing a safe, secure and fun environment for children to play and enjoy football.”

The core objective of the Football Foundation’s Grow the Game programme is to increase participation and enable more people to play football through supporting the development of grassroots clubs.

The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by the FA and the Government.

So far, Grow the Game has awarded 894 separate grants worth £4,354,926 to grassroots football clubs.

Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,716 new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 70,489 new players participating each week and 14,111 new qualifications or courses being completed.

The grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends.

The Football Foundation was launched in 2000 and is funded by the Premier League, the FA and the Government (via Sport England).

Since then it has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420million towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I congratulate Woodville Rangers Football Club for receiving this Grow the Game grant, which will increase sport participation and support football development in the region.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Derbyshire FA for their help in making this happen.

“The new teams and players generated by the Grow the Game scheme, since its launch three years ago, will go a long way towards helping the FA to achieve its growth target of 150,000 new participants by 2013.

“It is also helping Government and Sport England get more people engaging in regular sport.

“The Football Foundation is committed  with funding provided by the Premier League, the FA and Government to improve grassroots community sporting provision and help make this legacy vision a reality.”

Woodville Rangers are a charter standard development club and run teams from under-seven through to under-14 age groups.

Mansfield said: “The club is very much part of the community, which is reflected by local business providing much valued sponsorship.

“There is no joining fee and weekly subs are some of the lowest in the area. There is an active social side and links are being developed with local schools and Burton Albion Football Club.

“As a result of the successful award of the Grow the Game grant we now have spaces for players in the under-seven and under-eight age groups, and we also require a volunteer coach to run the under-eights next season in the BJFL.

“The coach need not be qualified as the training will be funded by the club as part of the project.”

The club also runs a soccer school which has spaces for players between four and six years old which also requires volunteer coaches to help run and organise.

Training will be funded by the club for anyone wishing to progress as a coach.

For further information, contact Mansfield on 07710 033426, via info@woodvillerangers.co.uk or through the club’s website, www.woodvillerangers.co.uk.

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