Club handed £5,000 for ladies’ game

Sandra Orr
Sandra Orr

Blyth Town FC have received more good news after being awarded a £5,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

The Grow the Game Grant will allow the club to create three new teams for the girls/ladies section and introduce a ‘nursery’ section for girls aged between five and eight.

Club chairwoman Sandra Orr said: “Our club were forerunners in the promotion and development of female football in our region and are proud to boast that many of our players have gone on to play in the professional game, and indeed several are now playing for the national team.

“We have had to rebuild our girls/ladies section after losing five full teams to the professional game.”

Blyth Town recently won the Budweiser Club Futures competition, which resulted in a £100,000 prize.

For details contact Sandra Orr on 07730 058814 or

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Grow the Game has become one of the foundation’s most popular schemes.

“This additional funding provided by the FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges.

“This most recent funding window has seen £2.1m invested into 420 clubs right across the country.

“Congratulations to Blyth Town FC for working with the Northumberland Football Association to secure their £5,000 Grow the Game grant, which will increase participation in the region as well as support football development in the area.”