Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is supporting the recently announced Budweiser Club Futures programme that will see £1m invested into grassroots football over the next two seasons.
Pardew's role as ambassador for this UK-wide initiative launched by The FA and Budweiser will see the Magpies boss lead the programme by encouraging clubs to participate and also be part of the judging panel which decides the eight winners in the first season.
Pardew has the perfect credentials to be the face of this grassroots football initiative having started his career as a part-time, non-league player at Whyteleafe and Epsom & Ewell, whilst working as a glazier. His non-league days continued with spells at Corinthian Casuals, Dulwich Hamlet and Yeovil Town.
Pardew said: "Having started my career in non-league football I know just how important the grassroots level of the game is. These sorts of clubs are a great asset for the local community as much as the players. This is a massive opportunity for teams to help themselves move forwards and become more sustainable. It's great to be part of such a valuable programme that's investing in clubs at this level. I'm really hoping that as many clubs as possible apply over the next two seasons."
Clubs wishing to apply for the grants should visit The FA website at www.TheFA.com/BudweiserClubFutures*
Closing date for submission of applications is 31/10/2012.