Fareham get funding for nine-a-side matches

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FAREHAM Borough Council has been awarded cash for new goalposts for nine-a-side games.

The Football Foundation, which is the UK’s largest sports charity, teamed up with the FA to provide £530 towards funding for two sets of 9v9 goalposts as part of the FA’s Youth Development Review. The move to nine-a-side matches will require smaller goals.

A ring-fenced funding pot of £1.5m will support clubs and leagues taking up the new nine-a-side format of the game.

The format aims to develop more technically gifted English players.

Councillor Connie Hockley said: ‘I’m really pleased that the council has received this funding as children will now be able to play matches on pitches that are relative to their age and size, which will be a lot more fun for them.’