FA donates £1,966 to Find A Better Way

The FA announced the awarding of its first ’66 for 66′ grant award to Find A Better Way yesterday.

A cheque for £1,966 was presented to Find A Better Way founder Sir Bobby Charlton by FA Chairman Greg Dyke.

As part of commemorating the year when England ruled the footballing world, The FA is making 66 awards of £1,966 to football projects throughout the country. These will be made either via County FAs to grassroots football clubs or centrally by The FA to causes such as charities with which the players of 1966 are associated or support.

Speaking at the presentation, Dyke commented: ‘We’re delighted to support Sir Bobby’s charity in this way. From my discussions with various players from the 1966 squad in recent times, it is clear The FA has not done enough to mark their achievement – or simply keep in regular touch over the years. We are really keen to make amends for this, and these awards are one small way of saying thank you.

‘We are also ensuring the players are invited to the various activities and events The FA is organising or supporting this year. One example is the 1966 exhibition at the National Football Museum exhibition, and a mirror-image exhibition at Wembley. This will be launched on Monday 11 July, the day in 1966 when the World Cup kicked-off for the first and only time in this country.’

The overall ’66 for 66’ fund has been generated from income from last season’s Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea – with all the 1966 players and/or relatives invited to this year’s clash between Leicester City and Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday 7 August.

Sir Bobby was delighted to receive the first ’66 for 66′ grant award. ‘The FA’s donation will be put to excellent use in the ongoing work to assist humanitarian demining teams to rid the world of the threat of landmines.’