Football club’s grant to help buy own pitch

The Walmer Bridge FC memorial football match
The Walmer Bridge FC memorial football match
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A football club has been given a grant to help buy and develop their ground.

Walmer Bridge Football Club play on land on Marsh Lane, Longton, but want to apply to Sport England to buy the site and create a new pitch.

The cash matches funding the club has already raised and means they can press ahead with plans to apply for further funding.

They eventually want to improve drainage on the pitch and create a new, nine-a-side soccer pitch, enabling new junior boys and girls football teams to be created for players aged six to 16.

The £1,000 grant was given by Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Champion, County Coun Mark Perks.

He said: “The football grant will help provide some match funding for their grant application and I wish Walmer Bridge FC success in their ambitious plans for young people to take part in team sports, with all their associated benefits of physical fitness, teamwork and friendship.”

A grant of £1,000 was also given to Chorley Buccaneers American Football Club to buy four new sets of kit.

The club are looking to reach Britbowl for the sixth time in a row, as they head back to training in preparation for the 2013 season this weekend.

General manager and head coach Ian Nicolson said: “This is a great start to our new year and is definitely going to help out the kitted team and the club a lot.

“After having several knock backs last year for funding, to finally be awarded one really is a fantastic feeling.”

The county council has a number of champions who give grant funding for specific sections of the community. As young people’s champion, Coun Perks has £10,000 which can be distributed to young people’s groups.

The latest phase of grants total £2740 and were distributed to groups in Chorley, South Ribble and Ribble Valley/Hyndburn.

Coun Perks said: “I’m very pleased to be able to approve these grants in the latest round of champion’s grants and it gives me great pleasure to see the good they do.”