Stay in the Game Funding

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Grants now available for clubs to maintain existing adult male teams

Funding schemes from The FA and Hertfordshire FA return to support retention of adult male football teams

The Football Association is re-launching its adult male retention-focused funding scheme to support men’s 11-a-side community football teams. The newly-titled 'Stay in the Game' scheme will offer existing clubs the opportunity to apply for grants of £750 to help cover the various associated costs of running a football team.

Last year, under the name Retain the Game, the scheme helped to support the retention of 2,336 adult male teams across the country, supporting an estimated 55,000 community footballers.

Clubs who benefitted from the grants last year were able to use the funding for matchday and training facility hire, first-aid training and new equipment, whilst also subsidising matchday fees for members of their respective squads.

Grassroots clubs that meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply: 

• Clubs that operate with two or more adult male teams – Under-18s, Under-19s, Under-21s, Under-23s, open age and vets.
• Clubs that hold the FA’s Charter Standard Award (Adult, Youth, Development or Community).
• Adult clubs that commit to becoming FA Adult Charter Standard within season 2019/20.
• Clubs that have the support of their County Football Association.

You can find out more about Stay in the Game and apply via the Football Foundation's website using the link below:


The application window for Stay in the Game is now open and closes at 5pm on Thursday 6 June 2019.

Support for women’s, girl’s and disability football has been provided through the Football Foundation’s ‘Grow the Game’ programme.

Hertfordshire FA Extra Time Fund

We are also pleased to announce the return of Hertfordshire FA’s funding scheme aimed at clubs with one adult male team. The Extra Time Fund compliments the Stay in the Game funding by offering up to £500 for clubs who can demonstrate their existing team is at risk of folding for financial reasons.

To find out more and apply for the Extra Time Fund, follow the link below.


Should you need more information or advice on either of these funding schemes and how to keep your team playing, please contact Kieran Fox, Football Development Officer on 01462 677622 email

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