-Budweiser football grant programme breathes life into eight non-league clubs-
London, 7 November 2013 – Eight non-league clubs have received a significant boost today as Budweiser announces the grant recipients of its 2013 Club Futures programme, each of whom have been awarded £50,000.
The ambition of Budweiser Club Futures, now in its second season, is to help clubs to help themselves, with the grant recipients using their funding to improve their general facilities and make their club financially sustainable. These funds support the clubs to be at the heart of their communities, helping to ensure the future of the beautiful game at the grassroots level across the UK.
Budweiser Club Futures has also been supported by the Football Foundation, who helped decide the grant recipients, and The FA Facilities and Investment team, who provided advice and guidance to the non-league clubs applying. The programme has now invested a total of £1million directly into 16 non-league football clubs in the UK over the last two seasons.
The 2013/14 grant recipients, all in steps 5-7 of the English football pyramid, are:
Bedfont Sports FC – London
East Grinstead Town FC – South East
Parley Sports Club – South West
Bromsgrove Sporting FC – West Midlands
Basford United – East Midlands
Handsworth Junior Sporting Club – North East
Wythenshawe Amateurs FC – North West
Linton Granta FC – East
These eight clubs are now in with a chance of winning an additional £100,000 Super Grant. This will top up their funding to a total of £150,000 following a vote by football fans on Facebook. The voting opens from January 2014 on the Budweiser UK and FA Cup Facebook pages*.
Budweiser Club Futures ambassador, Alan Pardew, said: “Having plied my trade in non-league football, I am under no illusions as to the graft and dedication required to sustain a local club.
“As Budweiser Club Futures ambassador for a second season, I have seen first-hand the difference the funding has made to last year’s recipients. Once again, we received some brilliant and inspiring applications. This is great to see as it reinforces the passion that these clubs have to grow and achieve their ambitions.”
Budweiser Senior Brand Manager Christian Flouch, said: “Non-league clubs are the backbone of the beautiful game in this country, and often their local communities too. Whether the money goes towards resurrecting clubs on the brink of extinction or fulfilling their dreams of climbing the football pyramid, watching them flourish as a result of Budweiser Club Futures is fantastic.”
All clubs that have applied for grants over the two seasons’ have received ‘Running a Sustainable Club’, a guidance booklet to help them become more sustainable.
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* Terms and conditions apply. Please see www.facebook.com/budweiseruk or www.facebook.com/thefacup from January 2014 for details
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