Lancashire's Oswaldtwistle St Mary's FC and Hampshire's Ringwood Town FC are both looking forward to increasing opportunities at their football clubs following cash injections from the UK's largest sports charity.
The grants - details of which can be found below - cover the full range of support the Football Foundation can offer clubs in England, ranging from a few thousand pounds to increase opportunities for the local community to funding half of a £1.2 million pound project to build brand new football pitches and changing rooms.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government via Sport England, the Football Foundation celebrated its tenth anniversary last year and has so far supported around 8,000 community sports projects worth £930m.
Oswaldtwistle St Mary's FC
The Oswaldtwistle community in Lancashire have been celebrating the award of a £571,590 Football Foundation grant that will help fund a new £1.2m community sports centre at Heys Playing Field.
The new facility will feature five football pitches and state-of-the-art changing rooms – provisions that will significantly increase coaching opportunities and community participation.
The outstanding funding (£650,000) required to meet the overall project cost was raised by Rhyddings Enterprise and Business school, Hipping Methodist school and Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s FC, all of whom were assisted by the Lancashire County Council who put forward £400,000.
Clive Yates, Vice Chairman of Oswaldtwistle St Mary’s FC, said: “This fantastic award brings to a conclusion over three years of effort to secure the necessary funding for the Heys Playing Fields.
“The opportunity for St Mary’s FC to have regular access to such a fantastic facility in Oswaldtwistle is something the Club has sought for many years and this is now secured under a 25-year Dual Use Agreement.”
Ringwood Town FC
Hampshire-based Ringwood Town FC received a £4,415 bonus from the Football Foundation, allowing them to further improve their training facilities and opportunities for the club's footballers.
In particular the Foundation grant will enable the club to provide night-time football activity for the community.
Steve Simpson, Chairman of Ringwood Town Football Club, said: “The football club has grown over the past few years to one that now has 20 teams.
“The grant which has been generously provided by the Football Foundation will ensure that the quality of training will keep pace with the enthusiasm of the people within the town to join this successful and friendly club.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations to Ringwood Town, St Mary's FC and their respective County FAs for their work in successfully applying for these awards.
“Sport is playing a central role in helping people to stay fit, strengthen communities and promote responsibility amongst young people.
“These new projects are three examples of thousands across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA and Government.
“The Foundation has funded 189 sports projects worth over £26m in Hampshire alone and 402 projects worth £40m in Lancashire.”
All of the team here at Club Website would also like to congratulate everyone involved at both clubs. We hope that the funding provided by the Football Foundation enables your club to grow over many years to come.
To find out more about the Football Foundation visit www.footballfoundation.org.uk.
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