Grassroots football on The Lizard Peninsula has been given a helping hand following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.

The grant will allow Culdrose Youth Football Club to establish opportunities for Girls' football by creating at least two new girls' teams for the Culdrose Girls' Football Hub.

Grow the Game funding increases participation in football by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or training volunteers to support new players and teams.  

The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA.


So far Grow the Game has awarded 874 separate grants worth around £4.2m towards the long-term development of grassroots football clubs.

Alan Odgers, Culdrose Youth FC Secretary, said: “Football Foundation’s Grow The Game Grant allows us to support our Girl’s Football Hub in every aspect of the game.  It also enables us to provide our coaches Matt Annis and Jake Lane to attend an FA Level 2 Coaching course.  We have recently created a Schools Link Programme with Mullion School and the Lizard Primary Cluster and this funding allows us to provide a weekly girl’s football event for all year 5 and 6 students”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This additional funding provided by The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.


“This most recent funding window has seen £2.1m invested into 420 clubs right across the country.

“Congratulations to Culdrose Youth Fc for working with the Cornwall Football Association to secure their £5,000 Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”