A WIRRAL football club are on the hunt for the next generation of female players after being handed a £6,000 grant.

West Kirby United have received £6,000 from Grow the Game, a grant funded by The Football Association (FA) and delivered by the Football Foundation.

The cash will help the club create four new girls teams at under 7's and under 8's level.

Paul Wood, the manager of the girls under 9’s and 11’s teams, said: “For a club that has serious ambitions about growing our girl’s football section, this grant helps make our ambitions a reality.

"The money will help us to provide the girl’s with a fantastic player experience.

"The support from the FA and Football Foundation should be applauded.”

This year funding was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams, which can assist towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees’ fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

The Grow the Game scheme sees grants of £1,500 awarded to community football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.