England Under-19s Head Coach, Paul Simpson, believes funding from The FA’s Retain the Game scheme could help to secure the long-term future of Marine FC.
The grant, which has been awarded to help aid the retention of adult male teams within grassroots football, will enable Marine to sustain their Senior Youth teams over the coming years.
Retain the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to existing grassroots football clubs to boost their financial sustainability and allow them to continue offering playing opportunities in organised football.
Funding has been targeted at clubs that operate with two or more male teams aged under-17 and above, and either currently hold The FA’s Adult Charter Standard Award or commit to attaining the award within the next footballing season.
The strategy aims to encourage more clubs to strive for Adult Charter Standard, with research from The FA demonstrating increased levels of sustainability and player recruitment for teams with this award.
Paul Simpson, England Under-19s Head Coach, said: “It’s great to see The FA and the Football Foundation supporting participation in the adult male game at the community level.
“Affordability has often been identified as a key barrier, so this grant will ease the financial burden placed on clubs and allow them to concentrate on providing access to competitive football.
“It is very pleasing to see Marine taking advantage of this pilot scheme and ensuring that they look forward to a bright future, providing regular opportunities for local people to enjoy the benefits of playing our national game.”
Money invested as part of Retain the Game will go towards covering core costs - including matchday and training facility hire - first aid training and new kit and equipment through a bespoke voucher.
Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:
“We are very pleased to have received this grant award from the Football Foundation assisting us with the cost of training facilities and kits for our senior youth teams. The grant therefore is important as it plays an important part in the sustainability and development of players who have a pathway for progress to our first team.”