Players and officials at Woodhall Spa Football Club are celebrating after receiving a major boost in their battle to improve off-the-field facilities.
Spa is aiming to extend its existing clubhouse and carry out a major refurbishment of the building.
Officials have confirmed they have been designated as an ‘FA Priority Club’ for the developments at their ground off Witham Road.
The priority status improves Woodhall’s chances of attracting funding for the project.
The Lincolnshire FA- and the club - are already working in partnership to apply to the Football Foundation for all-important funding.
They will also apply to other bodies in a bid to secure grants.
The club, which started up in 1904, currently has eight junior teams featuring more 100 children and two senior sides.
Officials have high hopes the new investment will encourage more youngsters to start playing football.
Rob King, Lincolnshire FA County Development Manager, said: “The Lincolnshire FA is committed to working with Woodhall Spa FC to develop their facilities.
“We look forward to working with the club committee over the coming months to develop the project and would encourage any interested parties to contact the club and offer their support.”
Club chairman Andy Avison added: “These are very exciting times, not just for the football club, but for Woodhall Spa in general.
“The club has been in the village for well over 100 years and with the help of the Lincolnshire FA, the FA, the club and the residents of the village, we are all in a position to help guarantee its future and continue to be one of the larger successful village clubs in the county.
“We will have to meet some of the cost ourselves so much fundraising is being planned.
“If would like to help us and the children - the future of the village - they can contact me (07734 853 717) or Mark Webb (07957 443 161).”