Date published: 17/03/2013
Grassroots sport in Burton upon Trent received a significant boost today following the news that Belvedere Park Football Club have received a grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Belvedere Park FC to purchase maintenance equipment and to move forward with its plans to purchase the lease on The Marlpit Sports Ground.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government (via Sport England), the Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 8,000 grants worth more than £420m towards improving grassroots sport, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £520m.
Gary Pantall, Chairman of Belvedere Park FC, said: “Without the unbelievable support of the Football Foundation, the very existence of our football club was under serious threat. The significant grant from the Foundation, when added to other generous local donations and the monies raised by the players and their families, has left the club in an excellent position to look forward to a successful future.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:“Belvedere Park FC has been extremely energetic and has worked tirelessly in partnership with the Birmingham FA to secure this funding, and I am thrilled to see their hard work rewarded with this substantial Football Foundation grant.
“The Foundation is committed to supporting projects like this one in Burton on Trent and right across the country with money generously provided by the Premier League, The FA, the Government (via Sport England), who have been our core funders since 2000.”
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