Petts Wood Football Club recieves London FA funding

PUBLISHED: 13:40 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 05 March 2018

Petts Wood under 13 girls team. Picture: Petts Wood FC

Petts Wood under 13 girls team. Picture: Petts Wood FC


A Bromley football club has received a £3,000 funding from the London Football Association, (FA) who are investing in the development of grassroots football in the capital.

Petts Wood Football Club received the money to invest in coaching, equipment and kit.

The London FA has awarded several grassroots grants in order to help develop programmes that will allow for more young people to participate in club or recreational football in the local community.

An area that Petts Wood is particularly excited to expand on is the development of football teams for young girls and women.

Meryl Clarke, secretary at Petts Wood FC, said: “Since receiving the funding we have been able to put four members of the women’s senior team through a Level 1 Coaching Course, which has not only given them an earning capacity but also encouraged them to explore their potential in football.

“These ladies have also been able to coach the younger girl’s teams and development groups – which currently holds 33 girls and steadily increases each week – enabling the women to act as positive role models and allowing for more girls to join the teams due to the increased number of coaches we now have.”

Petts Wood FC currently consists of 48 teams including seven girl’s teams, one ladies and two men’s senior teams, as well as development teams for younger girls and boys.

The club believes it is important to get young women playing football to reap the physical benefits and improve their overall wellbeing, self-esteem and confidence.

The funding recognises the work the club is doing to make the game more inclusive and enjoyable for everyone.

Ms Clarke added: “Often in football, male teams take priority over the women, with league rules dictating that men play in the morning and the ladies end up with afternoon kick-off times and dirty changing rooms as a result.

“Although we cannot alter playing times, we can ensure that the women have a clean changing room and equipment.”

The club have also benefitted from the funding in others areas, with those coaching at the club now able to begin their Level 2 qualifications course.


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