Wells City receive funding so eight young footballers can take FA referee course

July 30 2017
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SOMERSET Community Foundation has awarded its first Youth Social Action Fund grants to four Somerset community groups, including Wells City FC.

Wells City’s youth section is run entirely by volunteers and benefits over 250 young people in Wells and the surrounding areas. Funding has been granted to pay for eight young footballers to take a FA referee course.  

David Hiscox, from Wells City FC, said: “The young trainee referees will learn the core values involved in refereeing, as well as keeping fit and active. The funding will also enable young footballers in the local area to earn referee fees with opportunities to referee local teams, as well as university and other adult teams.”

The project will benefit the majority of junior members as currently, the club does not have enough qualified referees. The cost of taking a refereeing course is beyond the means of most young people; however, the FA qualification could ultimately lead to becoming a professional adult referee.

The YSAF is part of the national #iwill fund which encourages young people to engage in social action - such as campaigning, fundraising, and volunteering. The other groups that have benefited from the first round of awards are Ilminster Entertainment Society; Action Track in Taunton; and The Taunton East Development Trust. 

The #iwill fund, coordinated by the charity Step Up To Serve, is made up of a £40 million joint commitment by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and Big Lottery Fund and has been launched to help increase the number of young people taking part in social action, which can develop the skills and knowledge of young people that employers look for. The #iwill fund is supported by match-funding from UK Community Foundations. 

Currently, four in every ten young people regularly engage in social action. The #iwill campaign has been launched to increase this to at least six in ten 10-20 year olds taking part, by the year 2020. Projects can last up to one year or be one-off events, and repeat funding is a possibility. The next deadline to apply for a grant from the Youth Social Action Fund is Friday, August 11. For more information or to find out how to apply, call Somerset Community Foundation on 01749 344949 or email: info@somersetcf.org.uk