Funding boost for South Yorkshire football schemes

Grassroots football groups in South Yorkshire have scored grants worth more than £27,000 thanks to a major funding scheme.

Funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund helps cash-strapped clubs to build new or refurbish existing floodlit third generationfootball turf pitches (Fand changing pavilions.

It also provides smaller grants for vital improvements, such as replacing unsafe goalposts and purchasing pitch maintenance equipment.

In the Sheffield and Hallamshire area, teams which have benefited include Durkar Devils JFC which used £10,000 for new fencing, Brunsmeer Athletic Afc Boys received £9,603 for a clubhouse refurbishment and Worsbrough Common FC took £6.612 for fencing.

Across the country 38 grants worth more than £3.5 million have benefited.

Martin Glenn, chief executive of The FA, said: “The number of grants approved over the past six months is testimony to our commitment to the pursuit of better grassroots football facilities.

“Next year will see even greater intensity – continued investment in vital individual projects such as these and also the opening of the first city football hubs.”