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Essex FA welcome Jack Petchey link

PUBLISHED: 16:35 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 16:35 15 December 2016

A Jack Petchey award winner decided to buy new kit for her futsal team (pic essexfa.com)

A Jack Petchey award winner decided to buy new kit for her futsal team (pic essexfa.com)

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County working closely with charitable foundation

The Essex FA have welcomed the chance to work on an ongoing basis with the Jack Petchey Foundation, a leading charitable organisation who award grants to programmes and projects which benefit young people aged 11 to 25 in Essex and London.

Launched in 1999, the Foundation has given over £100 million to help raise the aspirations of young people via a selection of means.

This opportunity arrives at a time when many football clubs and teams are experiencing challenges in fundraising, despite significant investment from The FA and the County FA into grassroots football.

The Jack Petchey ‘Achievement Award Scheme’ is their flagship programme which operates in over 2,000 schools, colleges and youth organisations.

All Essex-affiliated clubs and recreational teams can apply for up to £3,600 per year, with three, six or nine awards valued at £250 per award and the potential for a ‘Leader Award’ for an adult up to the value of £750.

The empowering system means winners choose how to spend their grants on their clubs and examples include non-essential equipment, training aids, coaching qualifications, fun trips rewarding members, specialist training sessions and end-of-season celebrations.

Essex FA senior development officer Nick Emery is excited about the future and said: “Increasing costs for football clubs locally are causing concern, so we’re delighted to be working with the Jack Petchey Foundation.

“Our grassroots clubs will be able to benefit from the programme through access to funding but, at the same time, empowering their young members in the decision process for how the funding is spent.”

Jane Evans, grants officer at the Jack Petchey Foundation, added: “The Jack Petchey Foundation shares many common principles with football clubs and the Essex FA, with both organisations working tirelessly to improve the lives and raise aspirations of young people across Essex.

“By working closely with the Essex FA we can reach out and expand our scheme to more football clubs and, together, give more opportunities to young people.”

Find out more about Jack Petchey Foundation grants at jackpetcheyfoundation.org.uk/achievement-awards.

For further information on general grassroots football funding for Essex clubs, visit essexfa.com, follow @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and search for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.

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