Ambassador Pardew Hands Out The Awards
Football life is set to change for eight non-league clubs as Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew, Budweiser and The FA have today announced the winners of the £50,000 grants as part of the Budweiser Club Futures programme.
Budweiser Club Futures will help clubs improve various parts of their general facilities such as clubhouses and catering. The essence of the programme is to shine a light on grassroots football and help clubs to help themselves, making each team more sustainable within the community.
The financial stability which comes with winning a grant will give all the clubs the opportunity to create a legacy in their community to inspire future generations of footballers.
Launched in August, the Budweiser Club Futures programme will invest £1million directly into grassroots football in the UK over the next two seasons as part of Budweiser’s FA Cup sponsorship.
All of these eight winning clubs are now in with a game-changing chance of winning one additional £100,000 super grant to top up their funds to a mighty £150,000 following a vote by football fans on Facebook. The voting opens on Monday 28th January 2013 on the Budweiser UK and The FA Cup Facebook pages*.
Budweiser Club Futures ambassador, Alan Pardew, said: “This is a significant amount of money for these clubs. We received some terrific applications and it was a hard process to whittle it down to the eight winners. Having started my career at grassroots level, I know just how hard it is to sustain a local club and can’t emphasise enough the importance of a programme like Budweiser Club Futures.”
Budweiser European Marketing Director, Iain Newell, said: “Non-league clubs are really important to the future of the beautiful game and to local communities. It’s great to be able to give these eight clubs the financial boost they deserve following their successful applications and we look forward to seeing how their plans to use their funding will improve their clubs.”
The eight winning clubs are:
AFC Blackpool – North West
Blyth Town FC – North East & Yorkshire
Evergreen FC – East
Raynes Park Vale – London
Bardon Hill FC – East Midlands
Pegasus Juniors FC – West Midlands
South Park FC – South East
Camelford FC – South West
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