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Eight Grassroots Clubs Get 50,000 Boost

Thu 29th Nov 2012 | Money & Finance

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.

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.

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 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.

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

 

All of these eight winning clubs are now in with a chance of winning one additional £100,000 super grant to top up their funds to £150,000 following a vote by football fans on Facebook.  

To vote for your local club visit www.facebook.com/budweiseruk or www.facebook.com/thefacup from 28th January 2013

For more information on The FA Cup with Budweiser and ‘Budweiser Club Futures’ please visit www.TheFA.com/TheFACup  

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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