Fulledge Colts Youth Football Club has been awarded a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund to provide improved facilities at Worsthorne recreation ground.
The grant will enable Fulledge Colts YFC, which is a Charter Standard Community Club with boys and girls teams ranging from U7 to U18, to create four new junior football pitches, provide changing rooms and a club house, together with parking facilities. The scheme will benefit the many local children who play for Fulledge Colts YFC and the wider community of Worsthorne.
Fulledge Colts YFC and Burnley Council worked with the Football Foundation and the Lancashire FA to secure a of £183,111 grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund towards the project.
Dave Holmes, president of Fulledge Colts YFC, said: “We are very grateful to the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund for providing this grant, which will allow us to provide new pitches and facilities in Worsthorne and which will encourage more local children to take part in football, which is so beneficial to their health and wellbeing. We are also very grateful to the Lancashire Football Association for their support in developing the scheme.”
Councillor Harbour, the council’s executive member for leisure and culture, said: “The existing football pitches at Worsthorne recreation ground have been disused for many years because of poor drainage and a lack of changing rooms and toilets. We are delighted that, with generous support from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, we will be able to bring these pitches back into community use. There has been a great amount of time and effort gone into the project and I’d like to thank everyone for their involvement, we are incredibly excited as a club to have secured a home.”
Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Since 2000, the Football Foundation has awarded 515 grants worth £13.9m across Lancashire County FA towards grassroots sports projects worth £32.2m and it is great to hear that Fulledge Colts will be the latest beneficiary.
“Funding from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, delivered by the Foundation, will support the club in developing new junior pitches and changing rooms for the local community. Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Fund is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country.”