Talented young footballers are celebrating after netting a cash boost.
West Allotment Celtic Juniors have been awarded a £1,500 grant from the FA to continue its growth as a club and start a new Under 9 girls team.
It will also help them recuit two new female coaches who currently play for the club.
Club secretary David Dodds said: “Getting this grant for our new U9 girls team was such a help and we would like to thank the football foundation and Northumberland FA.”
And the donation, part of the Grow the Game has been praised by England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter.
Danielle said: “I would like to congratulate the club on working with the Football Foundation and Northumberland County FA to secure a Grow the Game grant.”
“Playing in an all-female team from a young age was key to my development, so I am delighted that there will be more opportunities for women and girls in the local area and wish West Allotment Celtic Juniors and their new U9 girls team good luck during their debut season!”
Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs wishing 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.