Press Release

14 June 2018


Lionesses star Danielle Carter delighted by AFC Portchester’s funding success


England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and AFC Portchester following the award of a £6000 grant from The FA.


The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in Portchester, has paved the way for AFC Portchester to start a new under 8 girls team, including providing coaching from 2 local dads.


Danielle said: “I would like to congratulate AFC Portchester on working with the Football Foundation and Hampshire FA to secure a Grow the Game grant. Playing in an all-female team from a young age was key to my development, so I am delighted that there will be more opportunities for women and girls in the local area and wish AFC Portchester good luck during their debut season!”


Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs wishing 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.


Darren Lambe, Under 8s Coach, said: This grant is a massive help to get our team up and running, and to provide the equipment that the girls will need for their weekly training sessions. Long-term it will also provide the funding to enable our coaches to take their FA coaching qualifications.




For more information contact:

Darren Lambe
07966 276854


Notes to editors


About Grow the Game


Grow the Game is delivered by the Football Foundation, the nation’s largest sports charity. Last year the scheme supported:


  • 2,047 new teams
  • 10,016 female footballers
  • 18,941 male footballers
  • 7,407 new coaching qualifications


Since it was launched in 2010, the Grow the Game scheme has attracted a total of 210,192 new football players into playing regular football.


The FA

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grassroots through to the professional game, The Emirates FA Cup and the England International teams, and has two core assets: Wembley Stadium connected by EE and St George’s Park. 



About the Football Foundation


As well as delivering Grow the Game, the Football Foundation delivers the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund on behalf of the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. Since 2000, the Foundation has supported over 17,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.4bn.


About AFC Portchester


AFC Portchester is an FA Chartered Standard club in Hampshire, providing opportunities for young people to play the beautiful game whatever their age, ability or experience. With over 40 youth teams and a strong adult section, it is one of the largest clubs in the area.