Date published: 17/06/2013
Grassroots sport in south Somerset received a significant boost today following the news that Bruton United Football Club have received a grant of £12,000 from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity.
The funding will allow Bruton United FC to repair and replace their existing pitch which is currently considered too dangerous for use, causing teams to have to play away from the town. Work on the pitch will include new drains, application of fertiliser and over sowing of seed to ensure fast drainage time and high pitch quality.
The new surface will help to improve the game in the area and ensure the required matches are played, as well as increase the number of junior sized pitches available to meet the demands of Bruton United FC’s expanding youth teams.
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.
Grahame Baker, Chairman of Bruton United FC, said: “The Football Foundation grant has allowed us to complete the first part of this project and has encouraged other grant providers to come forward to support it. Once completed, the new pitch will not only allow us to return to our home ground, but give Bruton United FC a playing surface to be proud of and encourage more players to come and play here.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said:“Bruton United FC has been extremely energetic and has worked tirelessly in partnership with the Somerset 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 Bruton 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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