SIX sites across Suffolk have benefited from the Football Foundation’s Small Grants awards.
The most substantial is at Copdock playing field, where Copdock & Old Ipswichian Cricket Club have been awarded £8,639 for a project delivered in partnership with Achilles Youth FC.
This will go towards grounds maintenance equipment costing £11,518 to maintain pitches used by Achilles Youth FC.
Two sites – the Denny Brothers Stadium and The New Croft – have received funding towards storage containers.
Bury Town FC, who play at the Denny Brothers Stadium, have been awarded £1,735 towards a storage container costing £2,485 for their Youth section.
Haverhill Community sports Association, who operate The New Croft, were granted £2298 towards a storage container, also for the youth provision they support, costing £3,064.
And three other sites have all received funding for new goal posts.
The SEH Sports & Social Club, home of Ipswich Wanderers FC, have received £2,160 towards goal posts for their youth provision costing £4,706; Coddenham Community & Sports Centre have been granted £1,440 towards goal posts for Coddenham Athletic FC costing £3,660 and Great Blakenham FC have a small grants award of £395 towards new goal posts costing £527 at the Great Blakenham Village Recreation Ground home.
Suffolk FA Football Development Manager Jodie Allard said: “The Football Foundation’s small grants scheme remains a popular avenue of support for local projects which help teams operating outside of the National League System.
“It’s great to see so many clubs taking advantage of this to purchase small capital items for their grassroots teams.
“The fund remains open to support grassroots clubs with items including storage containers, portable floodlights, goalposts, fencing, minor clubhouse refurbishment works, and pitch maintenance works and equipment.
“Suffolk FA also have local partnerships with companies such as MH Goals Ltd, Duralock and Portable Space Ltd who can provide quotes for these items at partner rates.
“I would encourage any clubs or sports associations looking to develop their facilities to get in touch with Suffolk FA for more information.”
For further information please contact Jodie Allard on 07432 735961 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org