FRAMLINGHAM Town FC are benefiting from a kitchen makeover.
The Thurlow Nunn League Division One North side are the latest Suffolk club to receive support from Howdens and England Football.
Framlingham Town are one of 450 lucky clubs to receive a state-of-the-art kitchen as part of the Howdens Game Changer Programme which was launched earlier this year.
The aim of the £3m programme is to support grassroots football with improved catering facilities to bring local communities closer together.
The club, who won the CNet Training Suffolk Senior Cup for the first time in their history last season, currently run three men’s senior teams, an emerging women’s side and a veterans’ team as well as having 275 junior members.
The pioneering programme will play a vital role in increasing income streams and improving the overall financial health of the club, so that it can continue to thrive.
The kitchen at Framlingham Town FC before the new kitchen was installed. Main photograph: The new state-of-the-art kitchen at Badingham Road
Framlingham Town FC Chair Tom Palmer said: “Our club boasts a rich history, and it is fantastic to witness the vibrant activity we experience on match days.
“The energy and enthusiasm of our local community adds a special dimension to our club and these upgraded facilities will considerably improve our match-day catering.
“The generous ‘Gamechanger’ funding has enabled the club to provide our loyal volunteers with a vastly improved set-up. This will allow us to improve the speed and quality of our hospitality on match days, which should in turn, generate more vital funds to enable us to develop the club.
“Local, dedicated individuals have been contributing their time and effort for up to 50 years, embodying the spirit of our club's legacy.
“Their invaluable contributions have been instrumental in shaping our club, to be what it is today, and we are grateful for their continued commitment.”
Max Seaton, Depot Manager at Howdens Great Yarmouth, added: “An important part of what we do at Howdens is aiming to make a positive impact on local communities, which is why we are delighted to be able to support Framlingham Town FC.
“There is a lot of attention on grassroots football and what happens on the pitch, but we believe that the off-pitch facilities are just as important.
“Clubhouses are often the hub of the community, which is why we’re incredibly excited to see the new installation once it’s complete and how it will benefit the club.”
The new state-of-the-art kitchen at Framlingham Town FC