Grassroots sport in Berkshire is set to benefit from a major cash injection following the news that Binfield FC have been awarded a grant of £185,627 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
The Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF), the largest funder of non league football in the country, has also awarded a £68,374 grant.
Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported more than 14,000 grassroots projects worth over £1.3 billion.
The grant will enable the club to improve its existing changing room facilities to comprise: refurbished players and officials’ changing rooms, and a dedicated physio room for players, which will also be available to the local community.
Disability access to its clubhouse and surrounding pitches will also be modernised, with a new public address system installed.
By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game.
Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.
Funded with £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game.
These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.
Andy Cotton, Binfield FC Club Vice-Chairman said: “This project will transform the facilities here at Binfield Football Club, enabling us to better serve our playing & social members, supporters and visitors in the future.
Binfield FC is a true ‘not for profit’ community football club whose core ambition is to provide first class football facilities for all – this exciting project will enable us to continue building a better football club which the community can be proud of. Thanks must go to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund and the Football Stadia Improvement Fund for their investment.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to Binfield Football Club for working with the Berks & Bucks County FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant.
“Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 250 grants worth £9.6m across Berkshire towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £69.7m with money generously provided by our funders: The Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.”
Source: Football Foundation