People living in Pewsey and district are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. PVFC have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to replace their Clubhouse roof.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
This grant will enable PVFC, which plays at Step 7 in the Wiltshire League, which gives up to 30 players the chance to play football each week, to improve their clubhouse facilities.
Players and supporters will be able to enjoy the renovated clubhouse, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing clubhouse and changing rooms, which is in need of a replacement roof due to storm related damage.
PVFC worked with the Football Foundation and The Wiltshire Senior League to secure a £25,000 grant towards the project.
Craig Wall, Chairman of Pewsey Vale football Club, said: “Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches, supporters and wider community here. We see first-hand the impact on players’ confidence, physical health and mental focus. To receive this funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through the Football Foundation means a lot to us, as it will help us to improve grassroots sport in the area and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”
Mark Young, Football Development Manager of the Wiltshire FA, said: Football Foundation investment via its funding partners into National League System clubs is essential to the sustainability of the pyramid and our game. The fact that clubs such as Pewsey Vale can access large capital grants towards the infrastructure costs of their facilities help provide the better community facilities that can be enjoyed by all.
Jim Thorne, Hon General Secretary, Corsham Print Wiltshire Senior League said:
It’s great to see that the Football Foundation are supporting grassroots clubs. Pewsey Vale have had their problems on the pitch in recent times and it’s very pleasing to see that such grants awarded, which will hopefully allow them to rebuild and become a successful club again.
Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country. It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Pewsey Vale Football Club in improving their Clubhouse infrastructure to help maintain and enhance facilities for the benefit of their local community.
“Working with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – we will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade. We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal.”