R2W Community Works have scored again! Thanks to a successful bid by parent club the Oaklea Trust, they have beaten off other bidders to win the contract to revamp a sporting club in Cumbria’s Eden Valley.
Oaklea Trust assisted Appleby FC with a big grant bid that will help young people stay fit and healthy and bring benefits to the wider community.
(Pitch perfect – Michael Saint & Jock Nugent from AFC – outside the current clubhouse and pitch)
Appleby Football and Squash Club have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their facility. The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities (Grassroots football matches and training cannot take place at the moment due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will only restart when it is safe to do so following government advice but this funding is great news for local football in the meantime).
This money, combined with a grant from Eden District Council’s Eden Community Fund (£7,000), will enable Appleby Football Club, the chance to improve their changing room facilities. Players will be able to enjoy refurbished changing facilities which will represent a significant improvement on the existing changing room, which needs renovation.
Community Works were one of 3 groups that put in for the job -and succeeded after a unanimous decision made by the committee of AFC on 23 June.
(Jim n Sam from Community Works in Appleby opp the footy pitch going to spec the premises -they’re raring to kick off this job!)
Michael Saint, Appleby Football and Squash Club representative said: “The club wishes to express its grateful thanks to The Oaklea Trust for all the tremendous work undertaken by it in obtaining this funding.”
Super Sub Sue Green, Director at Right2Work (and Oaklea Trust), came off the bench to help deliver the application. She says: “We are thrilled to have been able to help the club, as part of our ethos of Supporting Stronger Communities. We hope the improved facilities will ensure young people from the Eden community will be able to enjoy more physical recreation, getting involved and keeping healthy.”