Mainland Football have been able to provide support to its community through Scorching Goal Football Fund opportunities over the past 4 years. Last year over 35 kids received support for club fees, federation programme fees and representative tournament fees.
Scorching Goal Football Fund also supported a special case last year. Two very keen football brothers, but due to financial restrictions unable to participate in any shape or form, participated at the December Holiday Programme and now been given the opportunity to represent Christchurch United at club level.
The brothers (represented in the news image) were beyond excited when they entered ASB Football Park for the 2-day Holiday Programme last December. Having met Gary Ward (Previous FDO) during one of his Football in School Literacies given at Addington Primary, they felt very welcomed and were able to not only enjoy themselves but also work on their football skills.
To make the experience complete Mainland Football gifted them both a Phoenix jersey as well as tickets for the whole family to one of the FIFA U-20 World Cup games at Christchurch stadium.
Being able to support a case like this one is the reason why Scorching Goal exists. However during the year the prime focus is on keeping kids in the game and making sure that football is affordable for everyone to participate.
This year sees the Football Fund changing a few criteria including it's age bracket moved to 5 to 18 years old, all applicants must attend primary- or secondary education.
To assist those with financial constrains to participate at club level, club gear and uniform is now added as an item to apply for. The Scorching Goal committee believes that assisting with both, fees and apparel, more kids are able to fall in love with the game at grassroots level and from there stay in the game.
The first application due date of this calendar year is Friday 27 March, we welcome applications to assist with club fees, apparel and FTC fees.
Please click here for more information on the Football Fund including criteria and application form.