Women's Recreational Football Funding

Women’s Recreational Football Funding – Apply Now!

Funding is available for clubs, organisations and individuals

The rise of women’s recreational football in our region has been significant over the last few years, with more women than ever before now playing the beautiful game – and we want to create even more opportunities with the help of local clubs, organisations and individuals.

Inspired by the Lionesses and due to a surge in popularity, women who never got the chance to play football or played when they were younger and no longer play are breaking down barriers, shattering stereotypes and enjoying the camaraderie that comes with team sports by joining our women’s recreational football community known as #TeamRec.

This casual and relaxed format of the game is for everyone and anyone aged 16+. And with over 300 women’s rec players across our region – taking part in leagues, festivals and sessions throughout the year – now is the perfect time to become a maker of #TeamRec and be part of it.

Grants of up to £750 are available, and you’ll be supported every step of the way to get your session up and running by our Women’s Recreational Football Officer Sara Harnett

Interested? Read the most relevant section to you below to find out more.

Setting up a women’s rec session at your club can provide numerous benefits, with many of our local clubs already running successful sessions by engaging with mums of players, existing female volunteers and current players.


  • 1,2, or 3 star accredited clubs.
  • Clubs looking to expand their female pathway.
  • Clubs wanting to engage with their local community and be more inclusive.


  • Provide an opportunity for women of all ages and backgrounds to play football at your club.
  • Enter your team(s) into recreational leagues and festivals.
  • Increase participation and support your current female teams with potential new players.
  • Increased revenue generation.
  • Engage with your local community.
  • Attract new female coaches and volunteers.

Local businesses and organisations can use the funding to boost employee wellbeing, promote health and fitness, create a social space outside of work.  


  • Fitness and community groups.
  • Healthcare professionals.
  • Teachers.
  • College or university students.


  • Improve staff wellbeing.
  • Team building exercise.
  • Promote health and fitness.
  • Networking and social opportunity outside of work.

Setting up a women’s rec session as an individual is the perfect way to keep fit, make new friends and connect with others in your local community. 


  • Women who played when they were younger.
  • Women who never played because they didn’t get the chance.
  • Women who got injured but are now ready to start playing again.
  • Women looking for a new team sport to keep fit and healthy.


  • Gain personal fulfilment by providing a space where women can come together to enjoy sport in a safe environment.
  • Connect with others in your local community and make new friends, providing an opportunity to socialise afterwards.
  • Develop your leadership, organisations and communication skills by organising regular sessions.
  • Challenge stereotypes and barriers to women's participation in sports, creating a more inclusive and equitable society.
  • Setting up new opportunities for women in your local area and providing something that has never been there before.

How we can support you

We understand the commitment it takes to organise a new session and we’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure it’s a success.

Whether you’re a club, organisation or individual, we will work with you to find a suitable venue, help you recruit players and provide you with relevant training.

The funding of up to £750 can be used to cover pitch hire, equipment or a coached session, and is available until June 10th at 10am. A typical new session can take up to 4-6 weeks to get started from your expression of interest.


For more information, please contact Sara Harnett at Sara.Harnett@SheffieldFA.com or 07805 683784

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