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Westfield celebrate Grant Award

Football Foundation Let's Go

Football in Woking received a boost this week as The Field were awarded a grant by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

The £500 grant from the Foundation’s Club Preparation Fund will help us to prepare The Community Building in Woking Park to safely reopen in line with Government Guidance around hygiene and social distancing.

The Club Preparation Fund follows the £7m of investment awarded to 2,900 organisations through last month’s Pitch Preparation Fund, also delivered by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation. This is enabling over 9,000 football pitches to be made match-fit, and is benefitting over 33,000 football teams.

Speaking about their funding success, Covid-19 Officer and Vice Chairman, Jim Ahmed observed:
"As a local, community-focused club, Westfield FC are delighted to receive this grant and are thankful to the Football Foundation. Re-opening safely to welcome players, members and families back to the Clubhouse will be a challenge and will incur considerable costs to put in all the safety measures;
this grant will really help with these costs and will allow us to re-open safely.”

About the Football Foundation

The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK.  It champions and supports fair access to quality football facilities for everyone, regardless of postcode, gender, race, disability or place.

The Foundation receives money from the Premier League, The FA and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, through Sport England. This is matched with partnership funding and awarded as grants to create outstanding grassroots facilities that enable better games and attract more players, helping to transform communities.

The Football Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Since 2000, it has awarded more than 11,409 grants to improve facilities worth more than £631m – including 901 artificial grass pitches, 5,460 natural grass pitches and 1,137 changing facilities. This has attracted an additional £736m of partnership funding – totalling over £1.4bn investment in grassroots football so far.

Through the Foundation, the Premier League, The FA, DCMS and Sport England have come together to create the National Football Facilities Strategy (NFFS) that will guide work over the next ten years to transform many more local facilities.  Local Football Facility Plans (LFFP) are being created to identify priority projects where demand is greatest, and the impact will be strongest and help stimulate the action required to deliver them.

Click here for more information on the Football Foundation

Published Friday 7th August 2020