YOUNG players are once again benefiting from the Suffolk FA Youth Retention Fund.
So far this season a total of £2,494 has been awarded to support 20 young players from nine clubs to remain in the game who may otherwise have not been able to continue. And the fund remains open to further applications.
The fund, which was launched last season, supports families who are facing financial challenges, meaning young players are in danger of not being able to play for an affiliated team.
The Youth Retention Fund supports the cost of young players’ club membership fees and other expenses in a bid to prevent children dropping out of football simply because of the cost of playing.
Up to £150 is available per child, to a maximum of £500 per club, and applications can be made on behalf of anyone playing in an under 18 age group or below for the 2022-23 season.
Funding is being provided from Suffolk FA reserves. Grant payments will be made directly to the player’s club and will go towards fees or in some circumstances additional costs such as kit, packed lunches or entry fees for tournaments.
Applications can be made on behalf of families by club secretaries or agencies such as social services, GPs or schools, but must be supported by a club affiliated to Suffolk FA for the 2022-23 season.
Applicants will be asked to outline what the financial support will be used for, and the reasons behind the application. They will also be asked to evidence what other support will mean the young player continues throughout the season and beyond.
To apply, please complete the below form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once receipt of the form has been acknowledged, Suffolk FA will aim to provide an outcome to the application within 10 working days.