The FA for North Yorkshire and Teesside has announced a partnership with GiveToLocal that could transform clubs across the county.
And the move will further strengthen GiveToLocal’s ambition to pump more than £5m per year into grassroots football and ensure that clubs can look forward to a sustainable future for years to come.
Steven Wade, CEO for the North Riding FA, said: “North Riding FA is delighted to have signed a Partnership Agreement with GiveToLocal.
“They have developed an innovative service, only available to FA Charter Standard Clubs, which has no upfront or ongoing costs and which is already helping thousands of grassroots teams develop sustainable funding.
“Too many teams and clubs suffer from a lack of funding despite a huge effort from all of the volunteers involved.
“We look forward to working with GiveToLocal to help more clubs across North Riding benefit from their service.”
Clubs who wish to sign up to GiveToLocal must have achieved FA Charter Standard status as a minimum.
Working alongside the county FA, GiveToLocal encourages and supports clubs who also have ambitions to reach the Charter Standard status.
Clubs with FA Charter Standard status receive a number of benefits from both the FA and county FA, ranging from funding for equipment to access to promotional resources.
Only FA Charter and Community Standard clubs are eligible to apply for GiveToLocal – something which director Neil Gardiner stressed was of the upmost importance.
“Our entire purpose is to work with partners from the world of football and the business community to help ensure a sustainable future for grassroots football,” said Gardiner.
“The first step is ensuring that we only work with clubs where the structure is there to support that aim, which is the reason the FA Charter Standard status is so important.
“At GiveToLocal, we believe that clubs have a vital role to play at the heart of their communities.
“They are a place where individuals can give back to and get so much from their local community, a place where lifelong friendships can be made and important life-skills can be developed.
“For that reason they also need to be a place where the highest standards of respect, equality, discipline and financial conduct are adhered to.
“We are here to support clubs that not only hold but embrace those values, now, and into the future.”