FOOTBALL: £5,000 FA grant boosts Tydd St Mary

FOOTBALLERS in Tydd St Mary are celebrating following a £5,000 ‘Grow the Game’ grant awarded by the Football Foundation.

The funding boost, which will introduce a new youth section for Tydd St Mary FC, aims to give boys and girls in the local community extra opportunities to participate in regular football.

The club will also use the grant to improve the quality of coaching and facilities they provide.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

Saints’ secretary Carl Wilson said: “This is fantastic news. There are lots of people at our club working very hard to improve things in every way. The grant from the Football Foundation will greatly assist us in moving the club forward and continue to raise our standards for all players and managers.”

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We warmly congratulate Tydd St Mary FC and the Lincolnshire County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.”

Tydd’s first open day trial is on July 30 (10.30am-12.30pm) at Memorial Park on Rectory Road and will be taken by Simon Ward, who has a Level Three Certificate in coaching football (UEFA B Coaching Award).

All ages from school years three to 11 (U/8s to U/16s) are welcome to try out for the new teams, with both boys and girls welcome.

Contact Ben Thompson on 07833 052330 or Carl Wilson on 07909 526563 for more information.