England Blind Star Brandon Coleman Delighted by Accrington Stanley Community Trust’s Funding Success

England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Accrington Stanley Community Trust (ASCT) following the award of a £4,500 grant from The FA.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in Hyndburn, has paved the way for ASCT to create a new open age disability football team and two junior female football teams. Funding will also enable us to upskill coaches and volunteers.

Brandon said: “I am delighted that Accrington Stanley Community Trust has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Lancashire FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.”

“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish Accrington Stanley Community Trust the very best of luck for next season!”

Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish 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.

Martin Fearon, Chief Executive Officer of ASCT, said: “We are delighted to be awarded £4,500 from The FA via its Grow the Game programme which will help us create 3 brand new community football teams. Each year we look to improve our provision for the community of Hyndburn by accessing funding that allows us to get projects off the ground. This funding is a big boost to disability and female football in the area.”

For more information contact; Martin Fearon on 01254 304071 or email info@stanleytrust.co.uk