Tydd St. Mary FC has been awarded funding as part of The FA’s Youth Football goalposts initiative, which was launched in 2012 in partnership with the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The grant will mean that children at Saints will now be able to play matches with goalposts that are relative to their age and size.
The new 9v9, 7v7 and 5v5 formats mandatory from next season – played on smaller pitches with smaller goals – aim to develop more technically-gifted English players.
With a pair of smaller under 11 goals costing on average £900, a ring-fenced funding pot of £1m was made available by the Foundation.
Carl Wilson, club secretary, said: “Our aim is to develop young talent here at Tydd St. Mary FC and help children enjoy their football. This initiative by the Football Foundation and our friends at the Lincs FA will assist us greatly in continuing our valuable work with young people within the community”
Tydd are holding a Youth Football Recruitment Day on Saturday, June 29 at 10.30am-12.30pm at Tydd St. Mary Park, Rectory Road, PE13 5QL.
It is for 6 to 11 year olds (current school Years 2 to 5) and costs £2. Equipment needed: trainers/boots, shin pads and drink.