England Blind star Brandon Coleman delighted by Better Pathways funding success!

England Blind footballer Brandon Coleman has praised Grow the Game and Better Pathways Members Football Club following the award of a £3000 grant from The FA.

Grow the Game scheme supported 2047 teams last year. This year Better Pathways has become one of their latest members!

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots disability football in Birmingham, has paved the way for BPMFC to set up two ‘open-to-everyone’ football teams over the next couple of years, as well as providing opportunities for its members to obtain FA coaching qualifications.

Brandon said: “I am delighted that Better Pathways Members Football Club has been awarded a Grow the Game grant. The club has worked extremely hard with the Birmingham FA and the Football Foundation to give more local players living with a disability the opportunity to get involved in the game.”

“Playing disability football from a young age not only provides a number of physical, mental and social benefits, but gives players the best chance to develop skills and achieve their potential. It is fantastic to see this money flowing down to the grassroots of the game and I wish BPMFC the very best of luck for next season!”

Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs that wish to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

Club Chairman Luke Coad said, “this is a great opportunity for our members to play recreational football for an organised club, something that has not been available to many of them in the past. Thank you to the Football Foundation & the Birmingham FA for making it happen. We can’t wait to get started, once we’ve agreed on what colour kit we should wear!”


For more information, call Luke Coad on 0121 296 5946 or email lukec@betterpathways.org.uk



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