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England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and Oakfield Youth FC following the award of a £3,000 grant from The FA.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in Ryde, has paved the way for Oakfield Youth FC to create new girls football teams at under 9 and under 11, help volunteers to become qualified FA coaches and to provide new equipment for the girls to develop their football skills.

Danielle said:

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“I would like to congratulate Oakfield Youth FC on working with the Football Foundation and Hampshire FA to secure a Grow the Game grant. Playing in an all-female team from a young age was key to my development, so I am delighted that there will be more opportunities for women and girls in the local area and wish Oakfield Youth FC good luck during their debut season!”

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

This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Donna Day, Director of Girls Football at Oakfield Youth FC said:

“We at Oakfield Youth would like to thank the Football Foundation for rewarding our efforts in promoting Girls Football by awarding us with this grant. We will be increasing the number of girls playing football in the Ryde by starting new girls only sessions.”

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Oakfield Youth FC will be delivering sessions for girls in school Years 3, 4, 5, 6 based at Ryde Academy every Saturday morning from 10:00-11:00 starting Saturday 8th September. If you are interested in attending and for more information, call Donna on 07731771660.

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