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Press Release

01 June 2019

AFC Leyton to target the next generation of female footballers after scoring funding from The FA

AFC Leyton is on the hunt for the next generation of female players after receiving a £4500 Grow the Game grant.

The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association [The FA] and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable AFC Leyton to create 6 new teams from U9s through to a Ladies Team, providing a significant boost to female participatory opportunities in Waltham Forest.

The Grow the Game scheme normally sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.  However due to AFC Leyton’s rapid expansion in female football, Grow the Game have provided £4500 to the club.

Louise McGing, Club Secretary, said: “I am delighted that AFC Leyton has managed to secure this funding. We work incredibly hard to ensure that females in East London have the opportunity to play football in a safe and nurturing environment, and with rising pitch fees at a grassroots level, funding like this helps to enable us to continue to the grow the club and maintain our very high standard of coaching.” 




For more information contact:

Louise McGing, Club Secretary,


Notes to editors 

About Grow the Game

Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity, and funded by The FA Last year, 479 clubs were awarded grants by the Foundation to support:

  • 1,140 new female teams
  • 230 new disability teams
  • 13,739 female footballers
  • 3,770 disabled footballers
  • 1,787 new coaching qualifications

Since it was launched in 2010, the Grow the Game scheme has supported the growth of more than 14,000 teams.

About The FA

The FA is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and successfully generates enough revenue to support the investment of well over £100m into English football each year. The FA oversees 28 England international teams, across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running FA Competitions, including the Emirates FA Cup and SSE Women’s FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.    

About the Football Foundation

As well as Grow the Game, the Football Foundation uses investment from Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, to provide enhanced sporting facilities across the country. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 16,500 grassroots projects worth more than £1.5bn.