England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and Morecambe Hawk FC following the award of a £3,000 grant from The FA.
The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in Morecambe and Heysham, has paved the way for Morecambe Hawk to provide opportunities for girls to play football.
It will contribute to funding their vision to create three new girls’ teams to play football in the local area, predominantly in the under 8, under 10 and under 12 age groups.
The club can provide new kits, training equipment and entries into local girls’ tournaments.
Danielle said: “I would like to congratulate Morecambe Hawk FC on working with the Football Foundation and Lancashire 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 Morecambe Hawk 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, £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.
Zoe Fraser, club secretary, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us as a club to help grow the girls’ game in the Morecambe area.
“We want to give them a chance to play and this grant will help massively in supporting the game grow.
“This is just the start.”
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