Delight at grant for goal posts

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Rugby Town JFC are celebrating a grant for two sets of goals from the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity.

The club have been awarded funding as part of The FA’s 9v9 goalposts initiative which was launched in May in partnership with the Football Foundation.

The move to 9v9 matches uses goals that are smaller than full size, and they cost up to £900.

A ring-fenced funding pot of £1.5m will support clubs and leagues taking up the new nine-a-side format of the game – a key part of The FA’s new approach to youth football.

The game is more enjoyable for youngsters as they receive more touches of the ball and are less likely to be dominated by larger, more physical players.

Club secretary Brian Crinigan said: “The recent changes implimented by the FA for 9v9 is the right way to go for the future of English football.

“We at Rugby Town are delighted that we have secured funding to purchase 2 sets of goals.

“They will be in action on September 2 when we hold our 9v9 Spooner Cup charity competition.

“We are grateful that schemes like this support grass roots football.”