England Manager Gareth Southgate congratulates Brackley Town Football Club on their funding success

Brackley Town Football Club are celebrating after being awarded a £2100 Grow the Game grant, something that has attracted praise from England Manager Gareth Southgate.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots football in Brackley, has paved the way for Brackley Town Football Club Juniors to [create all girls football team for ages 8 to 11. The initial stage of the project is to introduce an girls soccer school which will commence on Saturday 9th September on their all weather pitch starting at 9.30am. The introduction of the school is with a view to create at least 2 teams by the end of the current season

England Men’s Senior Manager and Football Foundation Ambassador, Gareth Southgate, said: “I am so pleased that Brackley Town Football Club Juniors has secured this Grow the Game grant. The club has worked very hard with Northamptonshire County FA and the Football Foundation to get more local people playing football so that they can enjoy the many physical and mental benefits that come with playing regular sport.

“Grow the Game is mainly funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. This is money that is flowing from the very top of the game down to the lowest levels, to help clubs at the grassroots to bear the cost of starting up a new team, whether it be for a new kit, pitch hire or sending volunteers on FA accredited coaching courses.”

Grow the Game is a £2.5m programme funded by The FA and the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

£1,500 is available to help FA-affiliated clubs with the cost of creating a new team, which might include the cost FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; and even football kit & equipment.

Janene Butters, Managing Director said: we have been looking to offer football for girls for a period of time now. To enable us to do this we sought assistance from Northamptonshire County FA and financial assistance from the Football Foundation to fund this project.  I would like to personally thank our funding partners. This project would not be possible without their generous contribution and support.

Girls Soccer Schools will start on Saturday 9th September at BTFC 9.30 for ages 4-11 contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register your interest