Westhamians receive ‘Grow the Game’ grant from Football Foundation

PUBLISHED: 09:30 14 July 2016

The new football season is fast approaching

The new football season is fast approaching


Fairlop-based club have been going for 91 years and currently have 10 teams

Westhamians FC have received a £3,000 ‘Grow the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in the Redbridge area, has paved the way for Westhamians to establish Under-14 and Under-16 teams and train two coaches to FA Level 1 standard.

Both teams will play in the ECHO League at the club’s ground in Forest Road, Fairlop. The club is now actively recruiting players and team coaches.

The ‘Grow the Game’ scheme is designed to increase participation in our national game amongst under-represented groups by helping clubs to meet the essential costs of starting new teams.

It is funded by the Premier League and the FA and delivered by the Football Foundation.

‘Grow the Game’ goes beyond providing temporary activity sessions, which are more susceptible to drops in participation, but instead creates a solid infrastructure of newly-trained coaches and grassroots teams that play in FA-affiliated leagues for the long term.

This means that the participation increases elicited by ‘Grow the Game’ are sustainable and long-term rather than transient.

Commenting in the grant, Colin Ainger, Westhamians’ Chairman, said: “We are very grateful to the Football Foundation for their support as it will enable us to offer football to a larger number of players and volunteers to make us one of the leading clubs in the area.”

The Fairlop club was founded in 1925 and currently run four senior and six youth teams in various competitive divisons.

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