-Newcastle boss signs up for second season of Budweiser football grant programme-
13 August 2013, London – Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew returned to his roots by launching the second season of Budweiser Club Futures at Raynes Park FC in South London, a programme investing £1million in to non-league football.
Pardew has played for and managed various non-league teams in a football career spanning over 30 years. He visited the club, who play in the Combined Counties League and are based in the same area where he began his career, just days before the beginning of the Premier League season and Newcastle’s opening fixture against Manchester City.
Raynes Park FC was one of the beneficiaries of Budweiser Club Futures last season receiving a £50,000 grant. This allowed the club to renovate their clubhouse with the installation of brand new facilities, including a new kitchen and roof and make some vital improvements to the playing surface at their home ground.
Pardew has been announced as ambassador for this nationwide initiative, which is also backed by The FA, for the second season running. Last season saw the Magpies boss award Tyneside club Blyth Town £150,000 with a further seven clubs, including Raynes Park FC, receiving grants of £50,000.
The programme will follow the same structure this season. Teams across steps 5-7 of the English Football Pyramid are encouraged to apply for £50,000 grants and a panel, headed up by Pardew, will judge the applications to decide eight winners. One of the eight will be eligible for a £100,000 Super Grant top up.
The cash injection not only provides an immediate sense of financial stability but also benefits the community, as non-league clubs often the heartbeat of the local area. The grants give clubs the opportunity to improve their facilities and become more sustainable, which will in turn help their chances to progress on the pitch and inspire future generations of footballers.
Speaking as he prepares his Newcastle United side for their first competitive match of the season, Pardew said: “Having started my career as a part-time player and full-time glazier I know only too well how hard it can be to compete at this level. It’s humbling to visit clubs like Raynes Park and it reminds you how much football means to the local community at any level. You can see the pride within the club and that is something I’ve been looking to drill into my players ahead of our opening game in the Premier League – it’s important they feel proud each time they step onto the pitch.”
“Grants of this kind from Budweiser can make dreams a reality for players, coaches and fans alike. I’m looking forward to being part of Budweiser Club Futures again this season and helping non-league football to thrive in this country.”
Last season Pardew visited Super Grant winners Blyth Town to present them with their £150,000 cheque. Later this season he will welcome Blyth Town first team manager, Michael Connor, to Newcastle’s training ground. He’s keen to hear how the club’s improvements are progressing and to learn more about the positive impact its had on the team and the local Blyth community.
“I was very impressed with their plans and ambition to drive the club forward, so it will be good to catch up with Michael and a few of his staff later in the season,” Pardew said.
Budweiser Senior Brand Manager, Christian Flouch, said: “We had a great response to this programme last season and as a long-standing supporter of football around the world, Budweiser is proud to be supporting local clubs.”
“It is great to see the results of the investments made last year and to know what a huge difference the programme has made to clubs at non-league level. To have Alan Pardew on board for a second season is great for the campaign – Alan has first hand experience of climbing the football ladder from the likes of Whyteleafe and Dulwich Hamlet to Charlton Athletic and Newcastle United.”
Clubs in Steps 5-7 wishing to apply for the grants should visit www.TheFA.com/BudweiserClubFutures*
Closing date for submission of applications is September 6th 2013.
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