Funding support

Seaton Carew FC
Seaton Carew FC

JUNIOR footballers will kick off the new season in high spirits after the club was awarded funding to help pay for new equipment.

Seaton Carew FC was awarded funding for a series of smaller goalposts by the Football Foundation.

It is part of the FA’s Youth Football goalposts initiative and means the club’s junior sides can play with posts more suitable for the players’ age and size.

Seaton Carew has a number of junior sides set to benefit from the grant.

Club treasurer Paul Malcolmson said: “This is great news for the development of our young players at Seaton Carew FC.

“We can now look forward to providing the pitch sizes and goals for the small sided formats this next season and develop the grass roots players and their technical ability.

“Seaton Carew FC greatly appreciate this type of scheme introduced by the Football Foundation and Durham County FA and will help to move the club further toward better standards of grass roots football.”

The Football Foundation made £1m available to grass roots clubs to help pay for new goalposts which cost around £900 a set.

It is to help clubs and leagues to take up new nine-a-side and smaller formats as part of The FA’s new approach to youth football.

It aims to develop more technically gifted English players as the youngsters get more touches of the ball than on a full sized pitch.

More than 600 clubs benefited from a total of £444,000 funding in the first round of grants.

Sir Trevor Brooking, the FA’s director of football development, said: “The first funding window for 9v9 goalposts was extremely successful, with junior football clubs across the country making the most of the grants available to them. The small-sided format of the game helps youngsters to develop their touch and technique as they have more touches of the ball in a match.