A grassroots football club believes a recently awarded grant will help secure its long-term future.

In an effort by the FA to prevent a decline in adults taking to the game, Wandsworth Borough FC was handed £750 to sustain the club's seven teams over the coming years.

Andy Proudfoot, Wandsworth Borough's club chairman, said the money would be a helping hand.

"The cost of providing grassroots football continues to rise, which threatens our ability to provide opportunities for local people at a reasonable cost," he said.

"This grant from the Football Foundation will enable us to freeze our subscriptions for the sixth year in a row, while still providing a good standard of facilities and equipment.”

Paul Simpson, England Under-19s head coach said it was good to see the club which plays its games at Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields use the money wisely.

“It is very pleasing to see Wandsworth Borough taking advantage of this pilot scheme and ensuring that they look forward to a bright future, providing regular opportunities for local people to enjoy the benefits of playing our national game,” he said.

“Affordability has often been identified as a key barrier, so this grant will ease the financial burden placed on clubs and allow them to concentrate on providing access to competitive football."