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Seasiders awarded funding to revamp facilities

12th February, 2020

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division side Bridlington Town have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government's Football Foundation to upgrade their clubhouse.

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.

This grant will enable Bridlington Town, which gives seventy local players the chance to play football each week, to improve their clubhouse facilities.

Players and the local community will be able to experience a new purpose build clubhouse, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing clubhouse which was in need of renovation, including hospitality and year round community use.

Bridlington Town worked with the Football Foundation and the East Riding County FA to secure a 100,000 grant towards the project.

Peter Smurthwaite, owner and chairman, Bridlington Town AFC, said: "Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches, spectators and the whole community here. We see first-hand the impact on players' confidence, physical health and mental focus.

"To receive this funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through the Football Foundation means a lot to us, as it will help us to improve grassroots sport across Bridlington and the surrounding area and get even more people involved in the nation's favourite game."

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: "We're dedicated to improving grassroots football facilities because we want to encourage more people to get involved in our nation's favourite game, regardless of their background, age or ability or place.

"That's why I'm delighted that this funding will support Bridlington Town in developing their new clubhouse, which will benefit the local community for years to come.

"Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country.

"We believe in the power of pitches to transform lives and strengthen communities and so we'll be investing 1bn across the country over the next ten years."

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NCEL Premier Division P Pts +/-
1 Staveley MW 26 55 33
2 Liversedge 24 53 38
3 Yorkshire Amateur 26 53 33
4 Penistone Church 28 53 26
5 Bridlington Town 25 48 19
6 Hemsworth MW 28 45 11
7 Maltby Main 28 43 -2
8 Garforth Town 28 41 -4
9 Grimsby Borough 26 40 6
10 Silsden AFC 28 37 -5
11 Barton Town 27 36 0
12 Eccleshill United 25 35 2
13 Knaresborough 25 32 3
14 Thackley 26 32 -5
15 Handsworth 23 30 -16
16 AFC Mansfield 26 28 -10
17 Goole AFC 28 25 -21
18 Bottesford Town 27 23 -28
19 Albion Sports 25 22 -16
20 Athersley Rec 27 12 -64
NCEL Division One P Pts +/-
1 Winterton Rangers 27 59 24
2 Skegness Town 26 58 39
3 Selby Town 25 56 46
4 North Ferriby 26 52 28
5 Campion 24 48 30
6 Retford FC 28 44 6
7 Glasshoughton Welf 26 43 11
8 Hallam 23 37 11
9 Swallownest 25 37 1
10 Nostell MW 25 35 13
11 Dronfield Town 25 35 7
12 Armthorpe Welfare 28 34 -8
13 Parkgate 25 34 -16
14 Rossington Main 26 31 -6
15 Brigg Town 30 30 -19
16 Ollerton Town 26 28 2
17 Hall Road Rangers 24 28 -8
18 Worsbrough Bridge 24 23 -10
19 Harrogate Railway Ath 25 16 -35
20 East Hull 26 1 -116

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