Grow the Game, which is delivered by the Football Foundation and funded by The FA, was first launched in 2010 to provide clubs with funding for the creation of new teams and chances for aspiring footballers in the local community to play. Since launching, the scheme has helped to create over 11,000 new teams, delivering new playing opportunities to an estimated 144,000 community footballers.


The scheme will provide an investment of £1.5m to traditionally underrepresented groups in community football and give further playing opportunities in new disability, women’s and girl’s teams in the process.

Grow the Game grants of £1,500 will be made available to every new team created, helping to relieve the financial burden on clubs by helping towards FA coaching courses, league affiliation costs, referees’ fees, first aid kits or even kit and equipment. In 2018, the scheme helped to support the growth of 872 female and 294 disability teams respectively.

The application window for Grow the Game is now open and closes on Thursday 28 March. Clubs seeking more information on the scheme should contact their local County FA or visit the Football Foundation website

Phil Neville, England Women’s Head Coach, said: “Given both my professional and personal backgrounds, this scheme is particularly close to my heart.  I work with some fantastic professionals in the England Women’s Senior Team and know that playing for their country has been a dream come true.

“Providing as many opportunities as we can for girls and women to get involved in the game is crucial if we are to continue developing the women’s game at all levels.  If this scheme can help inspire more women and girls to play football and provide them with the opportunities to chase their dreams then it deserves to be applauded.

“Secondly, as a father of a daughter with a disability, I firmly believe this should never act as a barrier to sports participation.  I’m delighted to learn of the growth in the number of disability teams across the country, and the further funding that has been made available to support future development, giving more people than ever before the chance to get involved in the game.”