Grant will help young guns reach their goal

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BERKHAMSTED Raiders have been awarded a grant worth thousands of pounds to create new teams and help youngsters from Dacorum on the road into senior football.

The £5000 donation from the Football Foundation’s Grow The Game initiative will allow Raiders to set up additional teams at U16 and U18 level, as well as helping the club to recruit new players, improve player development and invest in a new youth coaching programme.

The core objective of the Grow the Game’s programme is to increase participation and enable more people to play football, through supporting the development of grassroots clubs.

Paul Russell, community development officer at Berkhamsted Raiders CFC, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Football Foundation for this grant which will help us provide youth players with the chance to play football at a higher level.

“We will be able to provide a pathway into the Eastern Junior Alliance, U18 mid-week and senior football teams.

“This is an exciting opportunity to improve the levels of youth football within Berkhamsted.”

The grant looks set to provide a boost to the senior teams at Berkhamsted FC, as well as the junior section.

Comrades first team boss Mick Vipond said: “This is great news – mine and the club’s philosophy is to encourage youth players within the area to progress into senior football.

“With the help of (U18 manager) Joe Sweeney, (reserve team manager) Dave Walters, (reserve team assistant manager) Jim Hart and Berkhamsted Raiders, we are really looking forward to this project taking off next season”

For information, please email Paul Russell at