Blyth Town FC nets £100,000 prize

North east club wins 'super grant' as part of Budweiser's grassroots football scheme.

Blyth Town Football Club is celebrating this month after winning a £100,000 as part of the Budweiser Club Futures programme.

One of eight clubs selected in December to win a £50,000 grant as part of the scheme, the Northumberland outfit, whose first team plays in the Northern Alliance Premier Division, won a nationwide Facebook vote to secure the £100,000 'super grant'.

The huge cash boost will allow the club – whose girls’ teams’ website is powered by Club Website – to build a new 3G training pitch and extend their community room, both of which will be available for the local community to use.

Sandra Orr, Chair of Blyth Town FC, described the award is "a massive, massive boost to our club.

"Not only can we save on what we're spending now on hiring training facilities, we can also get income in from hiring out the 3G," said Orr. "It's perfect. It's exactly what the whole initiative was about - bringing the community to the club."

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew, who presented the North East club with their cheque, said: "I'm delighted Blyth Town have won it, being manager of Newcastle.

"They deserve it. They've done a terrific job and they are going to put it to good use. I think the secret of their success in getting this award has been to get the community involved. That's what's happened here."

Launched last August, the Budweiser Club Futures programme will invest £1m directly into grassroots football in the UK over the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

Find out more about what the £100,000 means to Blyth Town in the video below.

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