Importance of Grassroots Football

May 29, 2015

In light of the recent FIFA corruption allegations, there has been a renewed call to ensure football at a grassroots level is properly funded and supported. We’d like to take this opportunity to reaffirm the importance of grassroots sports clubs and how they benefit the local community here in Greater Manchester.

Grassroots sports clubs play a vital role in their local community. Not only do they help people stay fit and healthy and help develop an individual’s sporting talents, they also bring people from the local community together. They give young people the opportunity to meet new friends from different backgrounds, as well as providing parents with the opportunity to meet with other parents, who they otherwise may not have met.

Sports clubs can also provide adults with the opportunity to share their talents and learn new skills, whether it be helping with coaching, administration,  transport or sourcing sponsorship or funding. Grassroots sports clubs offer so much more than just the sporting activity they are involved with.

A fantastic example of this is Abraham Moss Junior Football Club based in Cheetham Hill, who have received funding and support from Forever Manchester in past . The club’s young players represent 44 different nationalities helping to break down racial barriers. Abraham Moss is more than just a football club — it also has a literacy and numeracy programme for the players and a gym for their parents to get fit while the kids play football.

It is vital that these sports clubs are have appropriate facilities and equipment to allow young people to thrive. Much has been written recently about the need for the huge amounts of money that sport generates, through sponsorship and TV rights, to filter down to support the tens of thousands of local grassroots clubs.

Over the last 12 months, Forever Manchester has awarded over £100,000 to over 100 grassroots clubs across Greater Manchester – but we’d love to help more. So if you recognise the huge value that grassroots sports clubs has on our local communities, please consider making a donation today.


It’s the FA Cup Final this weekend and for many a youngster, playing in the FA Cup Final at Wembley are what dreams are made of.

10 years ago, a 14 year old lad from Longsight, Manchester by the name of Danny Welbeck would have been watching his beloved Manchester United take on Arsenal in the FA Cup Final, wondering whether one day his dream would come true and play in an FA Cup Final. This weekend his dream could come true…. albeit playing for Arsenal.

As a kid, Danny Welbeck played for Fletcher Moss Rangers in South Manchester, a club that Forever Manchester has helped fund in last 5 years.

Every now and then, these grassroots clubs discover a gem; the shining star that they once saw as a child playing on the local park in an oversized football kit. Danny Welbeck is one of many local talents that has emerged from grassroots football clubs right across Greater Manchester.

Forever Manchester’s Marketing Communications Officer Mel Hill also played at Fletcher Moss Rangers as a child and knew Danny. Mel said: “As a player of Fletcher Moss, I recall the excitement for Danny Welbeck when he was called up to the England U16s squad. All the staff connected with the club were proud and elated that they had played some part in his development.” 

Neil Brown, Head Coach at Fletcher Moss Rangers at the time Danny was playing for them said:“From the minute Danny started with us, you could see he had natural talent. To coach he was a dream he did what you asked of him. You could always tell he would make it.”

We hope Danny get’s his chance to appear in this weekend’s FA Cup Final, but more importantly we’d like to be able to ensure a continued flow of young sporting talent comes from Greater Manchester.

If you’d like to help us to fund more sports clubs please  DONATE TODAY to make a difference to a rising star in your area.


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