Wyrley Juniors score a brace of grants worth nearly £1m

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Wyrley Juniors FC has been awarded £683,840 by the Football Foundation, the grass roots sports charity funded by the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England.

The funding boost will allow the club to develop six changing rooms, four pitches and a Community Clubhouse at Long Lane, Essington Staffordshire.

But the good news continues as Wyrley Juniors were awarded an additional £235,000 grant from The FA, as part of their capital allocation within the Whole Sport Plan agreed with Sport England. This specific aspect of funding has been awarded to support the sustainability of community clubs and create more opportunities to participate in sport within a high quality environment.

Keith Hardy, Chairman of Wyrley Juniors FC, said: “This is tremendous news for the Club, its 700 playing members and families and the local residents of Newtown, Essington. This is the final piece in the funding jigsaw and we are now close to achieving our vision, which has been ten years in the making.

“We have received much support from the Football Foundation, Staffordshire FA and Essington parish Council in particular. We have grants secured from Corey Ibstock, Staffordshire Environmental Trust as well as support from Walsall FC and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has played a part in getting to this stage. Many hours organising fund raising events ourselves have been very worthwhile.”

He added: ‘‘The club now has 45 teams and is the largest football club in Staffordshire and the new facility will enable us to continue with our development plans, which include additional teams to grow the game at the junior end and to push forward with our ambitions for our men’s and ladies’ teams.”

“The Club has had to battle through identifying suitable land; negotiating long term leases, two planning applications, wildlife surveys and raise £1.15m in all to get to this stage and I am delighted for everyone connected to the club.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, added: “We warmly congratulate Wyrley Juniors FC and the Staffordshire County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.

“This new project in Essington is but one example of thousands across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England. Across Staffordshire alone we have funded 160 projects worth £17m since we were launched in 2000.”

Dave Long, Sport England’s West Midlands Champion for Community Sport, said: “If community sports clubs want to attract and retain participants, they need to be able to offer quality facilities for everyone. That’s why Sport England’s so delighted to be funding the new facilities at Wyrley Juniors Football Club. We know they’ll be welcomed by regular users and those who are new to football.”

For more information contact Rory Carroll (FF) on 0845 345 4555 ext 4280 Or Keith Hardy (WJFC) on 07836202764 or visit www.wyrleyjuniors.net

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