Andover New Street Youth FC Footy4Girls are celebrating after being awarded a £4500 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grass roots football in Andover and the surrounding areas, has paved the way for Footy4Girls to encourage and develop new players, teams, coaches and volunteers.

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Andover New Street Youth FC Footy4Girls has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Hampshire FA and the Football Foundation to get more local girls playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

“Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”

Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.

Simon Dewhurst, Andover New Street Youth Coach and Footy4Girls Coordinator, said, ‘ We are all very delighted and thankful to the Football Foundation for their generous funding and recognition of our aim to encourage more girls in to the game. The funding will provide more opportunities for girls to participate in Football and much needed help in recruiting coaches and volunteers. It is going to be an exciting year!

For more information contact: Simon Dewhurst (M) 07746 930492 (E) footy4girls@live.com

Polly has almost 20 years in the media industry. As Editor of Andover and Villages, she strives to bring the latest and greatest news with a minutes notice. Polly can be contacted via editor@andoverandvillages.co.uk or alternatively called at