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Funding boost for Tabard Gardens young footballers

Footballers in Tabard Gardens are celebrating a £8,780 award from the Football Foundation to provide soccer training for local 7-17 year-olds.

Funding boost for Tabard Gardens young footballers

The cash will allow the club to provide youth and junior weekly training sessions for 7-17 year-olds and to give local young players the opportunity to compete in Tandridge Youth Football League. Also, to provide training opportunities for potential coaches in the area.

"We warmly congratulate the club for their hard work and dedication in securing this award," says Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation. "Grass roots football is the lifeblood of the game in this country which is why it is vital that projects such as this now have the benefit of Foundation cash."

The Football Foundation, which has a 45 million annual budget, is funded by the FA Premier League, The Football Association, Sport England and the Government.

"It is a great to know that, after many years of voluntary work with the Tabard Gardens community, we have been recognised by a major sporting body," says Donald Wilkins, manager of Community Interest for Life. "CIFL will continue to seek further support to ensure sustained and additional sporting and competition opportunities for our talented and dedicated young members."

CIFL, supported by Southwark Community Games, are joining Tabard After Schools Project's local fun day on Saturday 22 July at Tabard Gardens. There will be a 5-a-side football tournament from 10am for under 11s and under 15s, followed by a fun kick-about for parents.

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