Why are we looking for funding?
Following the closure of the Gillingham FC Girls RTC we are looking for funding to continue the provision of elite football training and development to talented Kent girls, and ultimately a pathway into professional women’s football.
Why are we looking for funding now?
The FA launched a programme 4 years ago that aimed to develop the next generation of elite female footballers in England. The programme was funded partly by the FA, regional clubs and parents and was called the Regional Talent Club (RTC) programme with a pathway to the England Lionesses national team.
Gillingham FC ran the only RTC in Kent., and had been a huge supporter of girls and ladies football for some fifteen years. However, at the end of May 2020, Gillingham FC took the difficult decision to exit the RTC programme due to financial pressure bought on by Covid-19. Effectively shattering the dreams of 53 talented footballers.
Kent Girls Elite FC
A new football club has now been formed - Kent Girls Elite FC. In partnership with the Kent FA the new club will deliver an equivalent RTC level programme of elite training and matches for the girls of Kent.
The costs involved with this venture are extensive and include renting 3G training pitches, renting game pitches, well qualified (UEFA B +) coaches, kits and training equipment, entering leagues and paying for referees; some £40,000 per season.
How will the club run?
The club will be run as a not for profit unincorporated club managed by an appointed committee including a Chairperson, Club Secretary and Treasurer in accordance with FA requirements.
How will the club be funded?
The club will be funded through player subscriptions, sponsorship, community donations and available grants (e.g. Sport England ‘Active Together’).
Sport England have launched an ‘Active Together’ campaign whereby they will match any funding raised through Crowdfunder, to a maximum grant of £10,000.
Thank you for reading and considering our campaign. We hope you are able to support our cause and the opportunity for all Kent-based footballing girls to be the best that they can be.