Grantham Town apply for Buildbase renovation funding

An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22
An open training day will be held for Sleaford Town Junior FC on Saturday, October 22
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Grantham Town FC is calling on fans and people living in the local area to support its bid to revamp the club’s facilities with the help of builders’ merchant Buildbase.

The club has applied to the Buildbase Club Renovation Programme, which launched this year and is open to teams entering The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase competitions. Up to £100,000 worth of building materials, electrical products and hire equipment will be available to two football clubs in 2017.

Andy Sutton, media director at the club, said: “We plan to renovate the club’s existing floodlights that are now 25 years old. We would also like to offer outside catering to the supporters and users of the stadium on a non-match day, for example for athletics meetings and other events.

“Replacing the existing lights would allow us to continue to play at the ground and promote further use of the stadium at night, while adding catering would create an extra income for the club.”

To help the club stand a better chance of being awarded Buildbase’s product bursary, fans can register their support at www.buildbase.co.uk/pitch-in-your-support and also Tweet using #BuildbaseRenovation.

Local Buildbase branches, including Grantham’s South Parade branch, will be supporting clubs by providing information and advice about the building products required for a renovation project.

Kate Tinsley, CEO of Buildbase, said: “Our branch teams are already an integral part of their local communities so it’s brilliant to be able to extend their support with an investment that will renovate football club facilities for the benefit of all. All clubs taking part in the competitions can apply and in partnership with The FA we will select the most worthy causes.”

Six shortlisted finalists, consisting of three Buildbase FA Trophy and three Buildbase FA Vase clubs, will be invited to pitch their project to a panel of judges from The FA and Buildbase at a ‘Dragon’s Den’-style event at Wembley this month.

Two winners will be announced at The Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase semi-finals on March 11. They will receive an award presentation for their building products on finals day on May 21, ready to start renovations over the summer.