New Foundation-funded facilities for Bolton club

New clubhouse and pitches for Horwich St Mary's thanks to £700,000 funding boost

Grassroots sport in Bolton has received a boost following the award of over £700,000 to Horwich St Mary’s FC from the Football Foundation.

The club - whose website is powered by Club Website - can look forward to a brand new clubhouse and 10 new pitches for their Scholes Bank home as part of a £979,000 project, made possible by a Foundation grant of £738,807.

An FA Charter Standard Community Club, Horwich St Mary's boast 450 registered players across 29 teams from Under 7s up to Open Age level, many of whom currently play on local school and council pitches.

The new project will provide new pitches at Scholes Bank for all age groups, with two full-size pitches, five youth pitches and three mini soccer pitches on the way.

FA Chairman David Bernstein presented the club with the cheque on behalf of the Football Foundation at the Reebok Arena on Saturday, before Bolton Wanderers' game with Barnsley (pictured above).

“It gave me great pleasure to present the cheque from the Football Foundation to Horwich St Mary’s Football Club," said Bernstein.

“The funding from the Foundation will enable the club to provide their junior teams with suitable facilities on which they will be able to train, play and develop. I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.”

Lesley Allon, Club Secretary and Trustee of Horwich St Mary’s FC, said: “The development at the club’s home ground, Scholes Bank, was a vision conceived over ten years ago.

"Since then, we have overcome numerous obstacles in respect of the site to now arrive at the time when the build is about to begin.

“None of this would have been possible without the financial assistance of the Football Foundation as well as the practical help throughout the process.

"Thanks to the Football Foundation the present and future players at Horwich St Mary’s FC will have a facility that they truly deserve.”

The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since launching in 2000, it has awarded around 8,000 grants worth over £420m towards improving grassroots sport, using this to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.

“I am delighted that Horwich St Mary’s Football Club has secured this funding towards what will be an excellent new sporting facility for the local community," said their Chief Executive, Paul Thorogood.

“The Football Foundation is committed to supporting projects like this across the country with money generously provided by the Premier League, the FA and the Government (via Sport England), who have been our core funders since 2000.”

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