Grassroots Sport in Christchurch is set to benefit from a cash injection following the news that Mudeford Phoenix Girls’ Football Club in partnership with East Christchurch Sports and Social Club, have been awarded a grant of £7280 from The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund.
The grant will allow Steve Berry, the Phoenix and ECSSC Groundsman to maintain the football pitches at Grange Road, Christchurch.
The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. It is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Founded in 2000, the Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK funded by the Premier League, the Football Association and Government, via Sport England. It develops new and refurbished grass roots sports facilities in order to improve the quality and experience of playing sport at the grass roots level.
Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has awarded around 15,000 grants worth more than £580m towards improving grass roots sports, which it has used to attract additional partnership funding of over £800m to 1.4bn of investments into the grass roots game.
Frank Hunt, the Chairman of Mudeford Phoenix Girls’ Football Club and Committee Member at ECSSC said, “The funding from the Premier League and the F.A. Facilities Fund has been a fantastic boost for us. Not only have we got Steve Berry, our Groundsman with the biggest smile in Christchurch, we can now maintain our grounds to the highest standard possible. Phoenix has 7 girls’ teams and a ladies’ team and ECSSC have a mens’ team, all of whom will stand to gain from better quality pitches. I would also like to thank Sacha Nicholas and Hampshire Football Association for their continued advice and support with our grant application.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of The Football Foundation said, “Congratulations should go to Mudeford Phoenix and East Christchurch Sports and Social Club for working with Hampshire Football Association to secure this Premier League and the Football Association Facilities Fund Grant.”