Football in the Amateur FA was given a boost today with £18,500 worth of investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.
The funding is being awarded as grants from the Foundation’s Club Preparation Fund. This has been created to help clubs prepare their buildings to safely reopen in line with Government guidance around hygiene and social distancing, and The FA’s plans for a ‘phased return’ that were announced on 18 July.
Thirty-seven grants were awarded to clubs across the Amateur FA totaling £18,500. This will benefit 544 local football teams across the county.
These Club Preparation Fund grants will go towards football sites to satisfy the extra hygiene measures that Government guidance requires. This includes:
- Installing hygiene facilities, such as hand sanitiser dispensers, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and waste bins
- Modifications, such as safety screening, contactless payment systems and signage
- Facility maintenance work, such as repairing hand basins and hot water provision
- Professional inspections that may be necessary due to the prolonged period of closure resulting from the pandemic – including inspections of water quality, gas and ventilation.
Samantha Brown, Football Development Officer, said: “The funding from the Football Football and their partners will enable clubs to have a safe return to football and ensure the game can be played in a environment where players, club officials and referees are comfortable. The funding is very much welcomed."
The investment follows the Foundation’s Pitch Preparation Fund that awarded £7m to 2,902 organizations across the country. This is enabling over 9,000 football pitches to be made match-fit, and is benefiting more than 33,000 football teams.
The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.
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