FOOTBALLERS living with disabilities in Leigh are set to benefit from a significant boost in competitive opportunities after Leigh Genesis FC were awarded a £6000 Grow the Game grant.

The scheme, which is funded by The Football Association and delivered by the Football Foundation, will enable Leigh Genesis FC to create new girls and disability teams.

The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Rob Atherton, Club Secretary, said:“Once again the Football Foundation has decided to support the club in its desire to grow the game at key age/ gender/ability groups so that we can continue our engagement with the local community.”