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170 Football Clubs Granted £1m By The National Lottery To Encourage Female Participation

Cai Parry
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The National Lottery is sharing out a grant worth £1million between 170 football clubs across the United Kingdom to encourage female participation in the sport.

170 football clubs across the United Kingdom are set to receive a share of a £1million grant from the National Lottery, who are looking to do their part in increasing female participation in the sport.

The grant comes under the National Lottery’s ‘women’s Euro’s legacy new team grant’ which, of course, pays homage to the English Lionesses side’s triumph at the European Championship last year, and will be given to clubs in order to encourage female participation.

Currently underway in New Zealand and Australia, the Women’s World Cup kicked off later last week, and amid the undoubted success of the tournament, there are high hopes that it will help grow the women’s game in terms of participation levels going forward.

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Wyrley Juniors of the Walsall area have been given part of the grant, and with the money, they will set up five new girl’s teams to add to their ever-growing community club.

The are already close to 70 teams that are part of the club, and they are known to be one of the biggest community clubs in the Staffordshire area – soon to be even bigger.

Wyrley Juniors Club Secretary Jo Johnson revealed how grateful the club is in receiving part of the grant from the National Lottery.

“There was definitely a boost in girls’ football after the Euro’s and hopefully the Women’s World Cup will have the same effect.” she said.

“We were grateful for a grant from The National Lottery which helped us set up the new teams to cope with demand. Girls were inspired to play football by the Lionesses’ win and now we have really been able to bolster our girls’ section.

“National Lottery funding in the past has also meant we were able to build a clubhouse with big changing rooms and toilets for everyone – it’s been brilliant.”

Cai Parry
Cai Parry

Cai Parry is a sports writer that has experience working for Nottingham Forest FC, Burton Albion FC, and the Football Association of Wales. Since the 2019/20 season, Cai has been an accredited football journalist in the Cymru Premier, creating matchday content for the likes of Y Clwb Pêl-Droed and welshfootie. Cai has also recently graduated from the University of Derby with a degree in Football Journalism (BA Hons).