Budweiser Club Futures to invest another £500,000 as second season is launched
The Football Association and Budweiser have kicked off the second season of their grassroots football programme, Budweiser Club Futures.
The initiative gives football clubs at Steps 5-7 of the English football pyramid the opportunity to apply for one of eight grants of £50,000, with one of the clubs netting a further £100,000 'super grant'.
The programme follows the same structure as last season, when £500,000 was split between eight clubs, among them 'super grant' winners Blyth Town FC, whose girls’ teams’ website is powered by Club Website.
Blyth Town FC Chair Sandra Orr described the £150,000 investment, which will allow the club to build a new 3G training pitch and renovate the clubhouse, as “a massive, massive boost to our club."
Once again, eight non-league clubs will be in line for a £50,000 boost this season, before one lucky winner will scoop the additional £100,000, following a 'super grant' vote by fans early next year through the official FA Cup and Budweiser UK Facebook pages.
Also this season, any club applying for a grant - meeting the terms and conditions - will be entered into a prize draw, with five winners being kitted out in a brand new 16-piece Nike home or away kit.
Budweiser Club Futures aims to help clubs to help themselves, enabling an improvement in facilities and being more financially sustainable. This can help create a legacy for their community and inspire future generations of footballers.
The FA’s Director of Football Development, Sir Trevor Brooking, commented: “It’s incredibly important that programmes such as Budweiser Club Futures exist within the game and help to develop and grow non-league clubs.
“Investment at this level can go a very long way and helps to foster the long-term security of clubs, as well as to develop and grow communities.
“We had a great response from clubs last season and are expecting even more applications this year.”
To apply for one of this year's grants, please visit thefa.com/budweiserclubfutures. Deadline for applications is 31 August 2013. Terms and conditions apply.