Yorkpress
A NORTH Yorkshire football club whose stadium was flooded four times in February has received a major grant boost of almost £25,000.

Tadcaster Albion were unable to play a home match for more than a month as a result of the floods and storms which hit the club’s stadium, leaving the ground under 1.5 metres of water.

The club estimated it would need £40,000 for repairs and replacements after the substantial damage caused by the flooding, and the strong winds during the storms.

Albion has now been awarded a grant of £24,982 from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, which will allow it to repair the damage to its clubhouse and changing facilities.

This will include the replacement of the floor and wall finishes, key electrical items, roof repairs and redecoration.

It will also make it possible for the club to repair the electrical wiring to the floodlights, which was submerged several times under the flood water, provide new fencing to those areas which bore the brunt of the force of the flooding, essential repairs to the pitch and also the purchase of a new lawn mower to replace the one ruined by the floods.

This will enable Albion to resume its place in the Northern Premier League, North West Division, as and when the measures to protect people from coronavirus can be relaxed sufficiently for the new season to begin.

The club worked with the Football Foundation and the County FA to secure the grant.

Andy Charlesworth, Albion’s chairman, said: “Football is vitally important to the local community here as well as the players and volunteers who help run the club. We have been in existence since 1892 and at the current stadium for 60 years.

“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 continue to represent the town and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”

Jo de Tute, head of football development at West Riding County FA, commented: “As a County FA it is great to see that the FA and the Football Foundation acted so quickly to offer support to those clubs unfortunately affected by the floods. With the funding now in place for Tadcaster, work can now get started on getting the clubhouse, stadium and other areas of the ground back up to fully working order. Well done everyone and we look forward to seeing it when it is all finished.”

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, added: “We’re dedicated to improving grassroots football facilities because we want to encourage more people to get involved in our nation’s favourite game, regardless of their background, age or ability. That’s why I’m delighted that this funding will support Tadcaster Albion to continue and thrive after the devastating floods earlier this year.

“Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country. We believe in the power of pitches to transform lives and strengthen communities and so we’ll be investing £1bn across the country over the next 10 years.”

Source link

Comments

comments

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here