Bridge Junior FC awarded funding to improve pitches
Date published: 26 August 2020
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Bridge JFC pitches off Norden Road in Bamford
Bridge Junior Football Club has been awarded a mammoth £149,000 grant by the Football Foundation to improve its football pitches.
The grant has been awarded by the Premier League, the FA and the government’s charity to improve Bridge’s playing area in Bamford.
Ian Robertson, of Bridge JFC, said: “With this grant, and support of the Football Foundation, it puts us in a great position to develop players. Bridge’s future is going from strength to strength.”
Established in 1994, Bridge Junior Football Club gives around 300 children the chance to play football each week.
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.
Bridge worked with the Football Foundation and the County FA to secure the £149,000 grant towards the project.
The club will also be paying £49,000 as match funding over the next six years.
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 Bridge JFC in developing football facilities for their local community.
“Working with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – we will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade.
“We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal.”
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