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Bright future for Shropshire-based football club as they unwrap £20,000 floodlight Prees-ent

Bright future for Shropshire-based football club as they unwrap £20,000 floodlight Prees-ent

Date published: 29/09/2015
Prees FC unveiled new floodlights at first training session under the new lights

Prees Cricket and Recreation Club officially unveiled their new portable floodlights recently (Friday 25 September), at Prees FC's first training session under the new lights. The lights cost £19,630 in total and were made possible thanks to a £9,815 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation.

The new floodlights will allow the club to train at their home ground in the winter months, something not previously possible. Money from the grant also allowed the club to buy new storage containers, which will ensure the floodlights are stored safely.

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 13,000 grants worth more than £530m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £740m – over £1.3bn of investment into the grassroots game.

Since 2000 the Football Foundation Funding Partners’ investment has provided 102 grants worth £7.8m towards grassroots sports projects worth over £30m across the whole of Shropshire.

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.

Mick Murphy, Football Operations Manager, Shropshire FA, said: “The club are forward thinking with many enthusiastic volunteers taking them forward. I was pleased to work in partnership with the club to gain this fantastic award.”

Mark Perkins, Prees Junior FC Chairman, said: “I would like to thank the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, for their support in this project which enables us to train during the winter months. 

"Without the help of Mick Murphy, Andy Baker and the team at Shropshire FA for their continuing support in the application and also on a weekly basis including the FA mentoring program, this project would not have been possible.”

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 Prees Cricket and Recreation Club to install these portable floodlights. This development will provide a real boost to sport 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. This latest project in Shropshire is the latest addition to the inventory of modern community sports sites we are developing that cater for the needs of local people who want to play sport purely for the love if it and to stay healthy.”

ENDS

For more information contact:
- Mark Perkins on 07716 898 163 or MarkPerkins@Preesjuniorfc.co.uk
- Alice Sherritt on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or alice.sherritt@footballfoundation.org.uk



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“The club are forward thinking with many enthusiastic volunteers taking them forward. I was pleased to work in partnership with the club to gain this fantastic award.”
Mick Murphy, Football Operations Manager, Shropshire FA.

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