Date published: 11/01/2017
A £1,200 grant has been awarded to Stonnall Juniors FC for new portable floodlights, thanks to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which provides grants towards developing new or refurbished grassroots football facilities.
The grant has helped Stonnall Juniors to train all-year-round and throughout the winter months, when previously local youngsters were travelling up to twenty miles to play at floodlit facilities.
The club worked in partnership with the Staffordshire FA to secure the £1,200 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m – over £1.4bn of investment into the grassroots game.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.
Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.
Mark Finney, Club Secretary, Stonnall Juniors FC, said: “As well as helping us to now provide training closer to where the children live, the cost of astroturf facilities was a major hurdle for our teams each winter.
“Having this grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has meant that more children in our teams have access to local training on school nights. We are also very grateful to Streetly Cricket Club who have helped make sure we have year-round access to grass-based facilities where we can train with the floodlights.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Stonnall Juniors to benefit from these portable floodlights. This development will provide a real boost to football in the local area.
“Since 2000, the Football Foundation has supported grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn, investing into areas where the need is greatest and where it will have the biggest impact in terms of getting more people playing football and a wide range of other sports.
“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part.”
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