THE Herefordshire FA state that a reduction in grant funding has left them with no alternative but to end their Boys’ Development Centre.

The centre accommodates 100 talented boys from under-10 to under-16 age groups under the Hereford FC branding. The Girls’ Development Centre will continue as normal.

However, due to ‘ongoing financial challenges as a result of funding cuts from the central Football Association the county footballing body has chosen to end the scheme.

Herefordshire FA (HFA) state that since 2018-19 financial year they are now receiving £100,000 less annually - a reduction of 37%.

Following a detailed review of activities the Herefordshire FA Board says they have made the ‘difficult decision’ to no longer run the Boys’ Development Centre from the end of the current season.

“As a result of different requirements in terms of running the Girls’ Development Centre (GDC) and the fact this centre is part of the England Talent Pathway, we are pleased to confirm that the GDC will continue as normal,” said a Herefordshire FA statement.

“Whilst we appreciate this announcement will come as a disappointment to the 100 boys who enjoy representing the centre week in week out, the HFA has been placed in a position where it is clear that, as a result of reducing FA grant income, there is unfortunately no alternative to this outcome.

“Whilst attempts have been made to source a suitable local provider to continue operating the centre, unfortunately this has not been possible.”

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