BURY Girls & Ladies Football Club will be looking to expand their network after receiving a £4,500 Grow the Game grant through the football association.

The football club was established in 1996 and is the only Charter Standard Development Football Club in Bury.

The grant, phased over a three-year period, will allow the club to setup an additional three teams, including two under-8 sides.

The club has grown significantly over the past few years and currently boasts 13 squads, with around 170 members across all age-groups, ranging from under-5’s right through to adults.

Bury’s only female football club also has a budding partnership with Bury Football Club and our backed by club sponsors, ‘I Will If You Will’.

The Grow the Game scheme, which is funded by the Premier League and the FA, is governed by the Football Foundation, the largest sports funding charity in the UK.

Club chairperson, Diana Golding, says that the money will help to facilitate new members and give the girls the best possible chance of reaching the peak of their ability.

“The grant will provide us with new kits, coaches and training resources that will enable us to develop more teams and grow the club further,” she said.

“At Bury Girls & Ladies, we are always striving to make football accessible to as many girls as possible. Through football we want to encourage young girls to develop as players and more importantly, as people.”