Funding available for grassroots football

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The Mayor's Cup generates income to support grassroots football

  • Mayor’s Cup grants on offer, apply by 17 January 2020.

Grassroots football clubs and community sports groups can once again apply for a grant of up to £500 to promote their sport, thanks to the sponsorship of the Mayor of Tower Hamlets’ annual football tournament (the Mayor’s Cup). Bidding closes on Friday 17 January.

There are 14 grants available this year, which are funded from external sponsors. These sponsors make the final decisions on which applicants are successful.

The grants can be used for a range of purposes designed to improve access to or involvement in primarily grassroots football. Some projects in other sports have also been funded in the past.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “The Mayor’s Cup is a hugely successful annual fixture in the borough’s sporting calendar. It is a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages to take part in a popular sport which connects our communities and gives participants opportunities to lead active and healthier lives.”

The last Mayor’s Cup, held in September 2019 showcased local talent with teams taking part in ten age categories including under eights, year groups from age nine to sixteen, adult men and junior girls. 

Councillor Sabina Akhtar Cabinet Member for Culture Arts and Brexit said: “Last year’s tournament was an exciting competition, which featured 56 teams. The tournament has now helped to generate income that will now help a number of community organisations promote and encourage people of all ages to take part in sport.”

Shortlisting will take place between 20 and 24 January 2020. The final selection will conclude with successful applicants being informed during the week ending 31 January 2020.

Applications are now closed.

Posted on Thursday 9th January 2020