Harworth Colliery net £37,676 pitch maintenance grant

Harworth Colliery FC have netted a pitch maintenance grant worth £37,676 over six years.

Saturday, 4th July 2020, 1:56 pm
Action from Harworth Colliery's Recreational Ground.

The grant is courtesy of the Premier League, The FA and the Football Foundation.

Harworth is home to three senior teams, two youth teams and ten junior sides.

Chairman Jonathan WIlson said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been accepted for the grant and delighted that it will have an impact on the whole club, not just one or two teams but all of our sides.

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“With the junior section getting bigger each year it was vital that those pitches also saw a level of investment that will see gradual improvement.

“We must use this as a catalyst for change and keep the momentum going.

“Next up we’ll apply to get all of our pitches fenced off. This has been a huge problem for our junior teams and those using the hockey/side pitch due to some dog walkers and what they leave behind.

“The Recreational Ground is a large area and the Sports and Social club wants everyone to enjoy the open spaces.

“It’s an exciting time for the club and everyone associated with it.”

Robert Sullivan, interim chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being. That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country.

“It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Harworth Colliery Football club/ Harworth and Bircotes Sports and Social Club in developing Pitch renovation work being done for their local community.”

Simon Frost, general manager of SHCFA, said: "We have worked with the Football Foundation over many years to deliver improvement to football facilities across the Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA region.

“Significant capital investment has gone to many major projects, however we do not lose sight of the fact that clubs often require relatively modest or more immediate help.

“We are therefore delighted that the Football Foundation launched the Pitch Preparation Fund, which has delivered over £150,000 funding to help 69 Sheffield & Hallamshire Country FA clubs at this difficult time."

Local football matches and game-based training are still on hold due to Covid-19.