Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000

Description

Aylesbury United Ladies & Girls FC are looking for funding to increase the number of girls playing football and expand the services that the club offers. To do this we need to ensure our coaches and other volunteers are suitably qualified, as well as provide access to suitable training facilities and equipment.

ABOUT AYLESBURY UNITED LADIES & GIRLS FC

Aylesbury United Ladies & Girls FC provides football for female players in Aylesbury and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide football to as many girls and ladies as possible, regardless of background or ability. As the interest in female football has grown, so too has the club, and we now have over 120 players across the different age groups, from U9s to Ladies.

As well as the sporting benefits of playing football, the club are keen to promote the community and social benefits and aims to be an important and recognised part of Aylesbury's community life. We have raised £4,385 for WheelPower over the past three years by riding the Mix 96 Tour de Vale. We have also fundraised for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity by running the Aylesbury Santa Dash and donated a signed England Ladies football shirt which was auctioned for £165. The club has also donated old footballs to the RSCPA and old football kits to KitAid. We organise regular social events for players, such as trips to the panto, bowling and the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley.

Aylesbury United Ladies & Girls are a Sister Club of FA Women’s Super League team Reading Women and the partnership gives the club access to a range of benefits, including player appearances, coaching sessions and tournaments, as well as discounted tickets to home matches at Adams Park.

WHY WE ARE APPLYING FOR AN AVIVA COMMUNITY FUND

Football is the fastest growing participation sport among girls and the club has seen an increase in the number of younger girls interested in playing football. In the 2016/2017 season we had over 20 girls playing in the younger age groups, in 2017/2018 this increased to over 50 girls and in 2018/2019 we are expecting over 70 girls. We would like to increase the number of girls playing football but we require additional funding to do this. We charge an annual membership fee but we are dependent on fundraising and sponsorship to keep our membership fees affordable.

We would use the Aviva Community Fund to pay for qualifications for coaches and first aid courses and CRC and safeguarding checks for other volunteers. The cost of an FA Level 1 coaching qualification is £145 per person. The cost for a safeguarding course for other volunteers is £25 per person while a CRC check costs £10 and first aid training costs £25 per person.

The fund would be used to pay for training facilities to allow the younger girls to train in a safe and appropriate environment. A winter training pitch can cost up to £1,000 per team per season.

We would also use the fund to help buy new training equipment, such as goals, footballs, bibs and cones.

Aylesbury United Ladies & Girls FC

Moment of Pride

We are an FA Charter Standard Club run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to growing grassroots football and helping players to realise their personal and sporting potential. We are dependent on fundraising and sponsorship to keep our membership fees affordable and would appreciate your vote.

Location: Aylesbury