Thursday, April 15, 2010

Money for football

Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion campaign, has teamed up with
the Football Foundation to give up to £2,000 for community groups,
grassroots and amateur clubs to overcome exclusion through football related
activities.

The aim of the grants programme is to help to increase participation from
minority communities in all areas of the game, including playing, coaching
and refereeing, using football to create more inclusive communities and
helping grassroots and amateur teams develop closer links with mainstream
football including local county Football Associations.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:

“Accessing this funding is easy, straightforward and will allow groups from
under represented communities a chance to celebrate their love and passion
for the game in their own way.”

Piara Powar, Director for Kick It Out said:

“This money will make a difference to minority communities across the
country, empowering those groups that may ordinarily get missed out and
developing sustainable projects that can have a longer term life.”

In recent years, the grants have helped fund a wide range of projects from
across the country, including a futsal club based in West London, a
multi-faith football scheme in Preston and a project aimed at raising
participation for refugees in Bury.

Key issues that the grants aim to address this year include increasing
participation amongst the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities and using
sporting activities to engage participants from faith-based organisations.
Other significant areas include using sport to address Islamophobia and
anti-Semitism and addressing homophobia and promoting the inclusion of the
lesbian and gay community in the game.

The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity, funded by
the Premier League, The FA and Government.

Any group wishing to apply for a grant can do so by visiting
www.kickitout.org

The deadline for applications is Monday 25th April 5pm.