Growing the Game in Deanshanger

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DEANSHANGER Colrs FC have been celebrating after being awarded a £5,000 Grow the Game grant by the Football Foundation – the country’s largest sports charity.

Commenting on the award, Deanshanger Colts chairman Richard Johnson said: “We’re of course delighted to receive this additional funding.

“The cost of football, along with so many things in life, continues to increase. The main beneficiaries of the grant will be our new U7s side for this season.”

Participation at the club continues to grow significantly as the village expands further. The club now has teams at all levels from U7 through to U15, and continues to welcome players of all abilities from every age group including U6s.

With the help of the funding, Colts will be able to continue their programme of training courses for FA qualified coaches at every age group, improving the quality of the coaching experience for participants.

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

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation said: “We warmly congratulate Deanshanger Colts and the Northamptonshire County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.

“Our Grow the Game scheme helps fulfil one of the Foundation’s core objectives, which is getting more people playing more football. During the 2009-10 season, Grow the Game projects attracted more than 21,000 new players to our national game.

“This new project in Deanshanger is but one example of thousands across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government.”

Further information on Deanshanger Colts can be found on the club’s website at