grassroots football

Hopton CE Primary School on the Path to Team Spirit!

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Hopton CE Primary School PTA work hard throughout the year to raise vital funds for their school. The children were playing football matches in their PE kit, and it was felt that funding for proper kit would encourage those who don't participate in sport to do so outside of school hours. Some families can't commit to rigid training and games being held at the weekends. These children would have the opportunity of belonging to a school team, and the proper kits would help achieve this.

Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust approved the application, and the team are already playing in their new kit! Mr Petersen from the school said:

"The difference a football kit can make...

This year Hopton CE Primary Academy decided to enter the local Y6 football league to give our children more opportunities to work as a team and to compete against other local schools. We wanted to expand our sports provision and give children a chance to shine in an environment outside of the classroom.

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Competing in our first game, we turned up in our PE kit, some of which was school branded, some of which was not. When seeing that our opponents all had a team kit, it was visibly clear that the children already felt defeated. Having a football kit with the school badge would give the children an identity and make them proud to represent our school. It will bring them closer together and level the playing field before the game.

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Since having the football kits, the 'buzz' around football games is palpable with children so keen to know which number they are going to have and where they are going to play. The children look so smart, and it has made a difference in their confidence and sense of belonging." Mr Petersend, Year 6 Teacher, Hopton Primary School.

If your club or group is in the borough of Great Yarmouth and needs seed funding, please enquire about funding for kit, equipment or other costs, we may be able to help.

Caister FC awarded £500 funds

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Caister Football Club has received an extra boost to its attempts to improve their playing field which is in poor repair as it is not maintained well enough, with a £500 award from Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust.

The club offers people of all ages and ability to participate in football, with seven youth sides, and three adult sides consisting of 200 players.

This award will maximise Caister FCs fundraising efforts to purchase their own ground maintenance equipment. This will help people of all ages and abilities to participate in football nearer to home (adult sides are currently paying to train elsewhere). It will also help other groups who use the field (cricket club, scouts and the general public), as well as giving new teams access.

We are so pleased that the equipment that Caister Football Club will buy will help keep people active, and we hope that the lead taken by Caister Football Club will inspire other fundraisers in the sports sector to apply for funding.

To follow the progress of Caister Football Club, please follow them on Facebook Twitter Website

We are accepting applications now from projects and individuals in the borough of Great Yarmouth, to review and award in February, please download your application form here!

Shrublands Junior Football Club awarded £500 funds

This is Bea and Lissy after an Under 10s game in February, from Shrublands JFC instagram account

This is Bea and Lissy after an Under 10s game in February, from Shrublands JFC instagram account

Great Yarmouth Sport and Leisure Trust are delighted to announce the first recipient of funding, Shrublands Junior Football Club!

They are a Gorleston youth football club with 200+ members including one of a few girls teams in the area. They attract age groups of 3-16 and are very much a community club.

Facing broken or ageing equipment and kits, they reached out and applied for funds towards new sports equipment including goals, cones, bibs, and balls, new kit, and trophies for younger members of the club.

Kirk Towers from the club said “Fantastic investment into our club means we can replace old kit with new, we can’t thank you enough”. Our vision is that community run sports and recreational projects should benefit from grass root funding, and this club is INCREDIBLE.

To follow the progress of Shrublands Junior Football Club, please follow them on Facebook Twitter Instagram Website

We are accepting applications now from projects and individuals in the borough of Great Yarmouth, to review and award in February, please download your application form here!