Scoring cash success

Footballers in Derby were celebrating following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant awarded by the Football Foundation charity.

The funding boost will allow Woodlands FC, an all-girls football club, to focus on recruiting more girls into football and providing the specialist training necessary for them to develop and compete.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation is the nation’s largest sports charity.

Launched in July 2000, the Foundation celebrated its tenth anniversary last year and has so far supported around 8,000 community sports projects worth £945m.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The Grow the Game grant scheme is giving crucial financial support to grass roots clubs across the country, enabling them to provide new opportunities for boys and girls of all ages, and significantly increases football participation.”

Mike Rose, Chairman of Woodlands FC, said: “Everyone at Woodlands FC is extremely thankful to the Football Foundation and the Derbyshire FA.

“This money will help bring more girls into football and to train our coaches and volunteers to support them. We’re looking for new players. Anyone interested should visit www.woodlandsfc.org.uk.”