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Aylesbury Vale football club gets £50k boost

Wingrace JFC sees over 100 players pass through the gates each week.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:20pm 23rd April 2020. 3-minute read.

Aylesbury Vale football club gets £50k boost

An Aylesbury Vale football club have something to look forward to as they have been given a big cash boost.

Wingrave JFC have been given £50,000 to upgrade facilities used by over 100 players each week.

Wingrave JFC – “The Wasps” - has been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their facilities.

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 Wingrave JFC, which gives over 100 players the chance to play football each week, to improve their pitches and purchase three new pairs of goals.

football field

Players will be able to enjoy better quality pitches, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing five pitches, which is prone to waterlogging, whilst newer goals will be easier to use, assemble and put in place for the games played at Wingrave Park.

These goals will help the younger age groups use more reliable equipment and encourage more parent participation.

Wingrave JFC worked with the Football Foundation and the Berks & Bucks FA to secure a £50,000 grant towards the project.

Chris Phillips, Chairman of Wingrave JFC, said:

“Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches, parents, officials, supporters and community here.

"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 in Wingrave and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.

"Thank you to all the coaches and the management team for seeing this come to life. Special thanks go to Andrew Targell and Martin Swadling for all their diligence in their meetings with the FA – this is an exceptional outcome.”

Looking out over Wingrave Park

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. That’s why I’m delighted that this funding will support Wingrave JFC in developing Wingrave Park for the local community.

“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 10 years.”

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