Selston Football Club has received financial backing from Ashfield District Council.
The club received an initial grant of £500 from the Council’s Community Fund towards a new team bus. It will provide vital transport to away games for all ages and keep travel costs down.
The funding was matched with £500 grants from Councillor Arnie Hankin and Councillor David Martin’s Nottinghamshire County Council divisional fund.
The club has since been awarded a further £3,000 from the Council towards ground improvements. This money will unlock a further grant of up to £24k from the Football Association.
Works will include a 50 seated and 50 standing covered stand, new hard standing paths around the pitch, a new turnstile box and improved signage.
The works are vital for the ground to reach level F standard so that the club can continue to compete at step five of the non-league system.
Councillor David Martin, Ashfield District Council Portfolio Holder for Finance said: “Selston is one of the biggest sports clubs in Ashfield in terms of participation numbers so I’m proud that this funding will help not just the club but so many people in the community.
“The fact that the funding will now unlock tens of thousands of pounds in additional funding from the FA is brilliant as it means this important part of the Selston community will be here for years to come.”
Deene Ball, Chairman of Selston Football Club said: “We’re very proud of the work we do in the community so we are grateful of the financial backing we have received.
“The mini bus will now allow teams of all ages to safely travel to away games. The ground works will be a larger project but with the help of club members I’m looking forward to seeing it complete so we can futureproof our facilities and continue to play at the highest standard possible.”