Lincolnshire FA

Lincolnshire FA have launched a new fund to help boost the local men’s game.

The county’s football association has announced the start of an innovative ‘Return to Football Fund’, which the aim of supporting local clubs to get back to playing traditional 11 v 11 football.

The fund is aimed at aiding the retention of existing and the development of new adult male teams, and comes as a part of their commitment to support football within the county.

The scheme provides grants of £150 to clubs with male teams to support meeting essential start-up costs such as affiliation, insurance, league entry fees, pitch hire, training venues, new kits and equipment costs.

Luke Craggs, Lincolnshire FA’s male pathway development officer, said: “As we head into our new strategy cycle as an organisation, we are really pleased to be able to support the male open age 11 v 11 game by retaining and developing current clubs, but also helping the growth of new teams.

“This fund is one of a number we have planned as an organisation, further demonstrating our commitment to supporting the grassroots game across Lincolnshire.”

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The scheme is designed to help grassroots clubs. Credit: Ed Mayes Photography/Lincolnshire FA

The fund is open for applications from Thursday, 20 June to Saturday, August 31. Clubs can apply before or after they become affiliated with Lincolnshire FA.

The funding can be used where the clubs themselves see fit in order to support its development.

There are a number of eligibility criteria that clubs must meet in order to be able to apply for the funding. For example, applicants must have one to three adult men’s team playing 11 v 11 football in a competitive league structure.

More details, such as eligibility criteria on how to apply can be found on the Lincolnshire FA website.

Feature Image Credit: Ed Mayes Photography/Lincolnshire FA