365,000 reasons to kick off 2016 in style

How the new clubhouse could look EMN-151230-164929001
How the new clubhouse could look EMN-151230-164929001
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Players and officials at Woodhall Spa Football Club really do have 365,000 reasons to celebrate a stunning start to 2016.

The club has secured £365,000 in funding to allow it to refurbish and extend its facilities at its Abbey Lane site in the village.

The new development is being funded by the Football Association, Sport England, WREN, and other bodies.

It will see the club extended and totally refurbished, with a new ‘community space’ for the 12 teams based there.

The teams include junior sides involving 120 children who play every week.

The club’s project manager Mark Webb said: “It’s an exciting time for the football club, the funding will allow us to invest in our local children, the future of our village.”

Mr Webb confirmed that with funding now in place, work on the re-development is due to start early in 
the new year.

Club Chairman Andy Avison said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for a village football club to raise such a substantial amount.

“It is money which will secure the football club’s future 
for many years to come.”

Mr Avison was full of praise for the hard work of members behind the development project.

It is understood the improved facilities could lead to the launch of two new teams for girls, possibly in time for next season.

The majority of the funding for the project (£235,000) has come from the Football Association (FA).

Woodhall Spa is one of 23 grants worth more than £1.8m from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) awarded towards grassroots facility projects worth £2.8m between June and December 2015 across the whole of the East Midlands.

Funding from the PL/FA:FF goes towards building new or refurbishing existing floodlit third generation (3G) football turf pitches (FTPs) and changing pavilions - as well as smaller projects.

Horncastle Town FC secured similar funding two years ago for a new clubhouse at their ground at The Wong and that has completely transformed the club.

The announcement of the latest round of funding follows the publication of the Government’s new Sport Strategy – Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation – which has seen the Premier League committing even more investment into the grassroots over the next three years.

Tracey Crouch MP, Minister for Sport, said: “Improving grassroots football facilities is vital to help us get more people involved in the game and nurture our future football stars.”

• If anyone would like to be part of the Woodhall Spa development, they can get involved by buying a brick with a personal message on it.

The bricks will be displayed in the new clubhouse. Contact Nicola (07826 538780) for details or visit the club’s website – Woodhall Spa United FC.