Retain the Game – The Football Foundation

England Under-19s head coach, Paul Simpson, Believes funding from the FA’s Retain the Game scheme could help secure the long term future of Brampton Football Club.

The grant of £750 spread over two years to help the retention of adult male teams at grass roots level will help Brampton to sustain the first and reserve teams.

Funding has been targeted at clubs that operate with two or more male teams and who either hold the FA’s Adult Charter Standard Award or who are about to attain it this season.

Paul Simpson, England Under 19 Head Coach says, “It’s great to see the FA and the Football Foundation supporting participation in the adult male game at the community level.

Affordability has often been identified as a key barrier, so this grant will ease the financial burden placed on clubs and allow them to concentrate on providing access to competitive football.

It is very pleasing to see Brampton taking advantage of this pilot scheme and ensuring that they look forward to a bright future, providing regular opportunities for local people to enjoy the benefits of playing our national game”

Tony Burnley, Brampton Chairman commented, “Many clubs at our level struggle to make ends meet. Our expenditure is around £9,000 per season and we are always looking for help. The Football Foundation’s grant will go towards hire of facilities and is most welcome.

As a club we run a lottery, a race night and ask players to pay subscriptions as part of our self help. The rest has to be raised by sponsorship which is seldom easy.”