Tuffley Rovers target next generation of female footballers after scoring FA funding

Tuffley Rovers are on the hunt for the next generation of female players after receiving a £1,500 Grow the Game grant.

The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association [The FA] and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable Tuffley Rovers to create a new team, alongside their existing structure, providing a significant boost to female participatory opportunities in Tuffley and the surrounding area.

The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

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“It has been our ambition to start a new Ladies’ team for a number of years and with the help of this grant, generously offered by The FA and Football Foundation, we have the opportunity to do so” confirmed Neil Spiller, Secretary of Tuffley Rovers.

“We already run seven adult male teams, so this was the next logical step in broadening our offer, specifically to the communities of Tuffley and Podsmead, but more generally across the city of Gloucester. We believe there is definitely a place for a Tuffley Rovers’ squad in local women’s football.”

Following the award of the Grow The Game grant, Rovers’ Ladies successfully applied to join the Gloucestershire Women’s County League for the 2019/20 playing season.

Training sessions are already underway and new players are welcome. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Neil Spiller, via admin@tuffleyroversfc.co.uk for further details.