Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Grassroots Game Gets Cash Boost; NFA NEWS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Grassroots Game Gets Cash Boost; NFA NEWS

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Byline: With John Topping, Chief Executive Officer of the Durham Football Association

THE Football Association will invest more than a quarter of a billion pounds in grassroots football over the next four years as ambitious new plans are unveiled for the nation's favourite sport.

The figure will be supplemented by a further multi-million pound investment supported by the government for the creation of new city hubs across 30 cities in England.

The National Game Strategy for Participation and Development will target four key areas of the amateur game between now and 2019.

The FA's Martin Glenn said:"There are challenges facing grassroots football in terms of facilities and coaching.

"We have identified four key areas in which we have committed to investing PS260 million over the next four years - facilities, coaching, participation and developing the football workforce. " Boosting Participation: Building on the increases in boys' and girls' participation and growth in disability football while delivering more varied formats of the game to address the drop in traditional 11v11 weekend football among adult males. …

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