Grassroots Leeds football clubs awarded grants

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The MP for north west Leeds has spoken of the importance of supporting grassroots football clubs in the area.

Greg Mulholland welcomed £1,500 grants awarded to both Horsforth Saints FC and Leeds City Juniors FC, which will enable the clubs to create new teams ahead of the new season.

The grants have been funded by the Football Foundation’s club development scheme Grow the Game.

The scheme aims to draw new people into regular football.

It also aims to ensure sustainable physical activity through trained coaches and newly-registered FA-affiliated grassroots teams.

Mr Mulholland said: “These grants will ensure grassroots football remains strong in our area and that more local people get opportunities to enjoy a sport, which will also support healthier lifestyles.

“My own daughter plays in a local under-7s team, so I know only too well the benefits of strong grassroots football.”

Horsforth Saints FC are based at the Bedquilts Recreation Ground on Church Lane, Adel. They gained West Riding FA affiliation in 2014 and entered the Leeds Combination League Division 2.

Leeds City Juniors FC formed in 2006 and play in the Garforth Junior Football League and provided footballing opportunities for 250 children in 2014/15.

They also play at the Bedquilts ground, as well as at the Adel War Memorial Association ground.

Mr Mulholland added: “A real well done and thank you to the Football Foundation for continuing to back grassroots football clubs.”