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COMMUNITY: England Blind star Brandon Coleman delighted by SBITC's funding success

Project awarded £1500 by the FA...

19 September 2018

England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Sky Blues in the Community following the award of a £1500 grant from The FA.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in Coventry and Warwickshire, has paved the way for Sky Blues in the Community to set up a Under 16’s Female Ability Counts Football Team to enable young girls with a disability to play regular Football as part of the Sky Blues in the Community Team, while also representing Coventry City Football Club.

Brandon said: “I am delighted that Sky Blues in the Community has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with Birmingham County 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 Sky Blues in the Community 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.

Sam Flatley, Inclusion Coordinator at Sky Blues, said: "We are delighted to receive funding from the Grow the Game fund supported by the Football Foundation, and in partnership with Birmingham County FA to set up a fantastic opportunity for young females with a disability to play football regularly while representing Sky Blues in the Community’s Under 16’s Female Ability Counts Football Team.”

For more information contact Sam Flatley on 02476786313 or e-mail

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