Cash boost from Club Preparation Fund

Football in Essex has been given a boost with £70,000 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 re-open in-line with Government guidance around hygiene and social distancing, and The FA’s plans for a ‘phased return’ which were announced on Saturday July 18.

140 grants were awarded to clubs across Essex, totalling £70,000. This will benefit 1,910 local football teams across the county. These Club Preparation Fund grants will go towards football sites to satisfy the extra hygiene measures which Government guidance requires, including:

  • 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 which may be necessary due to the prolonged period of closure resulting from the pandemic – including inspections of water quality, gas and ventilation

The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England. This investment follows the Foundation’s Pitch Preparation Fund which awarded £7million 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.

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Mick Ferris

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