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ENGLAND Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) following the award of a £6000 grant from The FA.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in Burton upon Trent has paved the way for Burton Albion to help provide new kits and equipment, as well as covering costs for facilities, coaching qualifications and new first aid kits.

Brandon said: “I am delighted that Burton Albion has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Staffordshire FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.”

“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish Burton Albion the very best of luck for next season!”

Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Scott Taylor, Football Coordinator at BACT, said: “We’re delighted with the support and this kind of funding is vital so that our workforce can deliver specific projects out in the local.”

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