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Greenham Trust launches £30k fund to help more girls get fit through football after Lionesses' win at UEFA Women's Euro 2022

Greenham Trust has launched a £30,000 fund to help more girls, women and gender inclusive groups to get active and healthy through football.

Inspired by the Lionesses’ UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 win, the trust is inviting local schools, sports clubs, community groups, Scouts, Guides and Brownies to apply for up to £1,500 in grants for new initiatives.

Funds can be used to buy equipment or sports kit, pitch hire, coaching costs or qualifications and to cover volunteer costs to organise football sessions.

Greenham Trust has launched its new Football for Fitness Fund
Greenham Trust has launched its new Football for Fitness Fund

The fund is to help use football as a catalyst to support improvements in physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Greenham Trust chief executive, Chris Boulton, said: “We were all so proud to watch the Lionesses win England’s first major football tournament for decades.

"Their ‘can do’ attitude and incredible self-belief has inspired the whole nation.

"We want to use that momentum to encourage all girls and women, whatever their age or ability, to have the opportunity to become involved in football to enhance their overall health and wellbeing.

"What better way to start getting more active than to play football."

Every successful grant applicant will also receive a Greenham Trust branded football.

Greenham Trust has launched its new Football for Fitness Fund
Greenham Trust has launched its new Football for Fitness Fund

Jon Wood, head of delivery at Berks and Bucks Football Association, added: “After hosting such an inspiring UEFA Women’s Euros, it provides us with an exceptional opportunity to impact lives across West Berkshire via increasing activity levels and reaping all of the benefits that go with this.

"Female football within our area has grown tremendously over recent seasons, and we hope the success of this unprecedented tournament will accelerate this even further across all areas of the game.

"The resource that Greenham Trust are investing, offers our clubs and other local organisations the opportunity to develop new provisions, as well as build on existing delivery.”

The Greenham Trust Football for Fitness Fund is now open to applications and will run until March 31, 2023.

For full eligibility criteria and details of how to apply visit https://greenhamtrust.com/greenham-trust-grant-funding/our-current-funding-opportunities/

More funding may become available if the fund is successful.

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