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Funding success for Football's big return

£2000 awarded to Dewsbury Rangers to grow grassroots participation

Rob Smith

17th April 2021

Football in Dewsbury received a boost today as the club were awarded a £2000 grant by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.


The £2000 grant, part of the Foundation’s Return to Football Fund, is helping the club torestart following the lifting of government restrictions on grassroots football. The grant was made possible thanks to funding from The FA and Sport England through the Football Foundation. This money will be used to fund the clubs training throughout the rest of the season allowing teams to train in a safe, engaging environment whilst also encouraging new players to get involved. Dewsbury Rangers hopes that it’s new programme will enable it to significantly grow participation in football in Dewsbury.


Club Secretary Rob Smith said: “Once again thanks to the Football Foundation and their range of grants available to us we have been able to secure the use of our 3G training facility to encourage a safe, enjoyable and fun restart to football. We hope that the use of the facility will encourage not only existing players but new players to get involved again and enjoy being able to play football in a safe Covid secure environment”


Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This grant award to Dewsbury Rangers towards training faccilities is vital for the local community in Dewsbury as they get back to playing football. Our Return to Football fund is supporting clubs across the country, helping them to kick-start our national game again locally and try to recover from the effects of COVID-19. ”

“This is part of our wider ambition to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches, something we hope to get back to in full force as restrictions are lifted.”


The £2.1M Return to Football Fund is directly targeted at groups of people whose participation has been affected most by COVID-19, offering Clubs up to £2,500 each.


The grant comes as part of an investment of more than £16m that has been made available to help clubs prepare for the restart of grassroots football following the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the Foundation declared “Game on” and announced three funds to get football’s 12 million grassroots players back on the pitch.


The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.

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