England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and Hendon FC following the award of a Â£4500 grant from The FA.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in the London Borough of Brent, has paved the way for Hendon FC to create three new girls teams over the next three seasons. The grant will also enable the managers and coaches to get the relevant FA Coaching qualifications required to work with the teams.
Danielle said: "I would like to congratulate Hendon FC on working with the Football Foundation and Middlesex FA to secure a Grow the Game grant. Playing in an all-female team from a young age was key to my development, so I am delighted that there will be more opportunities for women and girls in the local area and wish Hendon FC good luck during their debut season!"
Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.
This year, Â£1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees' fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.
John Creith, Head of Football Development, said: "The Football Foundation and Middlesex FA have given us the opportunity to increase female participation in football in Brent. It is the clubs aim to have a girls team in each age group within ten years."
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