FUNDING for grassroots football in Suffolk has already topped £100,000 this season.
Football Foundation grants to three clubs has seen funding reach the six-figure mark since the official start of the 2020-21 grassroots season on July 1st.
The total investment so far is £116,163 towards total project costs of £155,114 from the Football Foundation’s pot for grassroots clubs.
The most recent three clubs to benefit are Achilles Youth FC, Saxmundham Sports and Recreational Club and Wenhaston United FC.
Saxmundham Sports and Recreational Club have been granted £20,670 towards a total project cost of £27,570 for grass pitch maintenance equipment and a storage container at their Saxmundham Sports and Recreation Club home.
After receiving a £5,000 donation from a member of the club in April, Wenhaston United FC approached Suffolk FA to see how they could best utilise the money.
With funding of £10,178 from the Football Foundation, the club have managed to turn this into £15,093 worth of investment at their Wenhaston Recreation Ground site.
The funding will go towards a new mower, a storage container and minor changing room refurbishment.
The club were awarded a grant of £1,440 a few weeks ago for new goal posts towards a total project cost of £1,920.
Achilles Youth FC have been granted £15,456 towards an overall project cost of £23,184 for enhanced grass pitch maintenance works at their Copdock Recreation Ground home.
Suffolk FA Football Development Manager Jodie Allard said: “It’s positive to see clubs taking advantage of the Football Foundation’s funding for grassroots football, particularly as finances are proving so precious for clubs at the current time.
“By utilising the available external grant funding, football clubs can ensure that their resources can go further to supporting their own sustainability and development.
“The Football Foundation offer grassroots clubs up to 75% of funding support towards the cost of capital items up to a grant request of £25,000.
“Clubs can now go back to this pot as often as they wish and get support for goalposts, fencing, storage containers, portable floodlights, minor works to clubhouses/changing rooms, plus capital projects to improve the grass playing surfaces, such as maintenance machinery.
“I would strongly encourage any clubs looking to progress their facilities to get in touch to discuss what funding support is available to them.”
For further information on funding please contact Jodie Allard on 07432 735961 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org