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Pewsey Vale Football Club awarded funding to revamp football facilities

The New Horizon project for PVFC in Pewsey has been awarded funding by the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF). As sister organisation of the Football Foundation, the FSIF are the largest funders of non-league football in the country.

The £20K FSIF grant will enable PVFC, which plays in the Wiltshire League at Step 7, to overhaul its ageing and dilapidated clubhouse infrastructure to provide a modern environment that is fit for purpose and providing a welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

This project is being undertaken at this time because a recent and most welcome grant from the FSIF of £25K to replace the roof as it was failing and beyond economic repair having sustained damage earlier in the year, required intrusive removal of services and highlighted the state of dilapidations more widely, warranting urgent attention.

When finished, the club will benefit from replacement of the electrical, plumbing and heating systems, new ceilings and floorings throughout, redecoration, introducing a new kitchen area and enlarging the size and improvement of facilities and enlargement of the changing rooms. Pitch maintenance has not been overlooked and funds have been contributed towards a replacement mower.

Taken together these improvements amount to a substantial refurbishment and a major step forward in securing the Club’s future viability and growth.

The Club currently has an adult side, an U18’s floodlit league side, and a support network of juniors ranging from U5 to U16. It will also be looking to restore its adult reserve side next year as part of its expansion and inclusion approach.

“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 at a very difficult time. To receive this funding Football Stadia Improvement Fund and the Premier League, is an immense boost and will help us to improve grassroots sport in the area and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”

Notes to editors:

The FSIF is funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League. It 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.

For more information contact:

PVFC Chairman

Craig Wall on 07715 476979 e-mail craigwall7@gmail.com

COVID-19 Pandemic Community Emergency Fund

Pewsey Vale FC have been awarded £2,885.00 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards helping to pay for utilities during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

The grant will allow Pewsey Vale FC to continue to operate and prevent the closure of the clubhouse and dissolution of the football club completely. PVFC will now be able to continue to provide the local community and surrounding areas with football for all levels from the age of 16 upwards. This would include spectators of all ages and walks of life.

Craig Wall, Pewsey Vale Chairman, said:

“We can’t thank Sport England enough for this much needed grant. This will enable us to continue to operate into the near future and beyond. Myself, committee and Vice Presidents are thrilled and grateful for this boost to help us through these uncertain and challenging times. I would encourage all grassroots organisations across the country to apply for funding to help out at a time where, we as organisations need it the most”

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:

“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.

“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Pewsey Vale FC to help it through these extremely challenging times.”

Pewsey Vale Football Club awarded funding to revamp football facilities

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.”

Club Statement

It is with great regret that Pewsey Vale Football Club have made the decision to withdraw from the Sydenham’s Wessex League with immediate effect.

This wasn’t an easy decision for the club to make, however after several meetings the committee came to this unanimous decision in order to protect our Senior League status and the future of our club.

After the FA’s decision to move the first team into the Wessex League at the start of the season, despite an appeal, losing lots of key players due to the extra demands of travel, we were left with no illusion that it was going to be a difficult season ahead.

And so it has proven. Despite the best efforts of our managers, committee members and players this has had a demoralising effect and has progressively worsened. We feel like we were left with no choice but to make this decision before the club incurred further fines and further points deductions for not being able to fulfil fixtures.

The vision of the club is to continue with a single adult team in the Corsham Print Wiltshire Senior Premier League, as Pewsey Vale F.C and our Under 18’s team in the Corsham Print Under 18’s floodlight league with the view to rebuild in the future.

We thank you all for all the messages of support and understanding at this time, it is much appreciated.

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Pre-Season Fixtures 19/20 Season

Vale currently have the following development side pre-season fixtures confirmed for the 19/20 season. List to be updated as and when more fixtures are agreed:

  • 16th July – Redhouse (H) 19:45
  • 17th July – Purton (H) 19:45
  • 20th July – Kintbury (Double Header) (A) Time TBC
  • 24th July – FC Dorcan (H) 19:45
  • 27th July – Lyndhurst (A) 15:00
  • 30th July – New College (H) 19:45
  • 1st August – Clanfield Dev (A) 19:45
  • 3rd August – Wroughton (H) 15:00
  • 6th August – Shrivenham Dev (H) 19:45
  • 10th August – Wallingford Development (A) 15:00
  • Salisbury City Dev + Devizes Town dates TBC