Baku, October 15, AZERTAC
UEFA is increasing funding in its Women's Football Development Programme by 50% in order to show the organisation's commitment to supporting the women's game, the organization said on its website.
Women's football is growing in popularity both at elite and grassroots level and to ensure this positive trend continues, UEFA has taken the decision to approve a 50% increase in funding to back women's football development projects across Europe.
As part of UEFA's HatTrick programme, which redistributes funds to all 55 member associations for approved development projects, the UEFA Women's Football Development Programme (WFDP) currently provides each member association with €100,000 per year. This figure will now rise to €150,000 annually from 2020 – an increase of 50%.
HatTrick is funded from revenues from the UEFA European Championship and has invested more than €1.8bn back into the game since its introduction following UEFA EURO 2004. The scheme has helped UEFA's members to build national training centres and invest in grassroots projects to develop football at all levels.
The aim of the WFDP is to give UEFA and the national associations the chance to implement their visions as well as allowing the associations to advance in accordance with their respective needs. UEFA is determined to push the European women's game forward in the years to come and encourage girls and women to get even more involved in football.
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