Cash boost for Wolverhampton football club
An non-league football club has been given a £1,500 grant to support new teams and coaching.
Wolverhampton Casuals, based in Coven Heath, near Wolverhampton, have been awarded the money through the Football Foundation's Grow The Game scheme.
The club, which was founded in 1899, has played in the West Midlands League since 1982.
The Football Foundation is a national charity which distributes money from the FA and the Premier League back into grass-roots football.
Wolverhampton Casuals will be able to use the money to hire FA qualified coaches, football kit and promotion.
The money can also be used for pitch hire, referees' fees, Criminal Records Bureau checks, coaching courses and administration fees.
The news has been welcomed by South Staffordshire MP Gavin Williamson.
"It could not go towards a worthier recipient," he said.
"Funding, such as this, is vital to ensure that our young people have access to the training that they need to reach their full potential.
"Sport plays an incredibly important role in our communities and helps youngsters grow the confidence they will require to succeed in later life."
He added that the Casuals, based in Brinsford Lane, were one of a small number of non-league football clubs, within the West Midlands area enjoying growth in support.
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