The purpose of The Scottish Football Partnership Trust’s Growing the Game Award, in partnership with The Clydesdale Bank, is to assist Scottish FA Quality Mark clubs add one new team to their playing membership. The funding provided assists with the start-up cost of a new team and is delivered in conjunction with the Regional Football Development staff. This ambitious project aims to create 60 new grassroots teams during the 2016/17 season.
Dundee East Girls (East)
Under-9 Girls Section
15 new players created
Dundee East Girls were delighted to receive funding from the SFP Trust’s Growing the Game initiative to allow them to set up a new Under-9 girls team. This time last year there were no girls playing at the club, but that has all changed!. An Under-11s girls team was established in January and Under-9s followed soon afterwards and now, thanks to the Growing the Game grant, Dundee East girls teams will be represented at three age levels next year – 9s, 11s and 13s. Coach Dave Lord explained: “We started off with a core of seven or eight girls but soon realised there was potential for a much bigger set up in the area. We regularly have around 18 girls at our under-11 training sessions and around 15 at under-9s. This funding will help us to go to the next level, setting up a new tier meaning that the girls joining us at a young age now have a clear pathway and can stay with us right through to under- 13s and – hopefully in the future – beyond. It is grants like this from the SFP Trust and Clydesdale Bank that provide the crucial help in gaining the best facilities for the girls, along with all the equipment and kit they need to reach their full potential.”