Football Fix-Up Grants Awarded
We are pleased to announce that clubs across Surrey will be receiving £7,000 of grants through our Football Fix-Up project.
The clubs awarded funding will each be running community-centred, DIY Fix-Up days to bring together their local communities on the other side of the pandemic, or when it is safe for them to do so with adequate social distancing.
Grants of between £250 and £750 have been awarded to 16 different clubs across the county and will allow them to purchase construction materials and other items required to help renovate their facilities. It is hoped that these improvements will allow them to be more welcoming spaces for their local communities. For many, this could be to help keep players engaged or boost revenues from space hire.
We hope that the Fix-Up days will enable clubs to engage with their communities and forge links and friendships throughout the club; from committee members to youth players, from enthusiastic parents to senior players.
The Fix-Up will provide a great chance for senior teams to engage with the young players in the club and get to know some of those players who will be aspiring to play alongside them over the next few seasons.
Clubs are also encouraged to engage with local businesses, as well as current and future sponsors to help promote the day, showcase their club and demonstrate how important they are to their local community.
Below are the sixteen clubs who have been awarded a Football Fix-Up grant. This will provide clubs with the necessary tools to run a community-centred, DIY Fix-Up day at their club when it's safe to do so.
Clubs receiving grants:
- Banstead Village FC
- Battersea Ironsides FC
- Beacon Hill JFC
- Chessington & Hook United FC
- Croydon FC
- Dorkinians Youth
- Double ‘H’ FC
- Farncombe Youth FC
- Hambledon FC
- Horley Town FC
- Lingfield FC
- Mayford Athletic FC
- Richmond Park FC
- Royal Earlswood FC
- Ruts Youth FC
- Walton & Hersham Juniors FC
Nigel Board of Kingston-based side Double ‘H’ FC commented, ‘The Surrey FA Football Fix-Up grant will enable us to improve our changing rooms as we can now install new showers to replace old and broken ones, give the whole area a new coat of paint, as well as clean up and paint the ladies toilets. Small injections of funding can make a huge difference to make grassroots football for all age groups who play at our ground a nicer experience. This is hugely beneficial to retaining interest in a small club like ours’.
On his club’s grant, Hambledon FC’s Matt Kiley added, ‘Hambledon FC are delighted to get this boost and help from Surrey FA. It will enable us to get our facilities looking their best when we reopen to our members.’
If you would like to run a community Football Fix-Up day at your club, we would be happy to help to promote your event. Please contact: James.Chadwick@SurreyFA.com with the details.