Clubs are invited to apply for funding to become a Mini Soccer Hub - helping your club to create and retain teams in that age range.
The funding will support an increase in the amount of 4-7 year olds playing football within grassroots clubs. This will support them to improve their sustainability by increasing the amount of teams they can develop and retain each season.
Clubs will be able to apply for funding on two tiers:
- New Sessions: Apply for up to £200
- Existing Sessions: Apply for up to £100
The funding will be able to support clubs in any area that they need, from new equipment, to marketing materials to promote their sessions in local schools.
To meet the funding criteria, club sessions will be expected to meet the following criteria:
- - Working with a ratio of 12 players to 1 coach
- Main coach must have FA Level 1 with in date safeguarding workshop & emergency first aid certificate
- - All volunteers involved must have an in date FA Criminal Record Check
- - Club to have an active Safeguarding Children Policy with a clear reporting process and the Club Welfare - Officers contact details readily available
- - Club to have an active Health & safety policy
- - All qualified coaches to be part of the FA Licensed Coaches Club
- - Club must have regular communication with county FA
- - Club must keep weekly registers
- - Club must be able to transition players in to new U7 team(s)
- - Club must support any participants that wish to volunteer
- - Have at least one ‘school club link document’ with a local primary school to recruit players
- - Must be an FA Charter Standard Club (or working towards)
Clubs that are successful in their funding application will be expected to affiliate one additional team in the 2018-2019 season. For example, if you currently affiliate 2 Under 7 teams in 2017-2018, you will be expected to affiliate 3 Under 7 teams in 2018-2019.
The application form for the Mini Soccer Hub Development Fund can be downloaded at the end of this article.
If you have any questions on the funding or any of the criteria please contact us via Development@OxfordshireFA.com or call 01993 894407.