Areley Kings Football Club are celebrating after securing a £99,999 grant towards their new sports pavilion from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will enable the club to replace their temporary building at Minister Road, originally built in 1974, with new changing rooms and a hospitality area.
The club, established almost 40 years ago, currently runs ten youth teams, three adult teams and a ‘mini kickers’ soccer school.
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.
Rob Burford, Vice Chairman at Areley Kings FC, said: “We have all been working hard for many years to get to this position and once completed the club will have some of the best facilities in the area that will benefit all our players and supporters for years to come.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I congratulate Areley Kings FC and the Worcestershire County FA for working tirelessly to secure this funding and I look forward to seeing the end result in the near future.
“The Football Foundation is dedicated, with funding provided from the Premier League, The FA and government, to raising the standard of grassroots community sports facilities and to getting more people actively playing the national sport.”
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