Fairford Youth Football Club is delighted to announce the award of a £64,000 Football Foundation grant to the Club.

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.

With training now returning, and with plans for a safe return to league football in place, the grant from the Football Foundation will allow FYFC to make improvements to both the pitches at Horcott Road and the Club House.

Payable over ten years, the grant will enable the Club which plays in the North Wilts Youth Football League, provides fun, engaging and safe football to almost 300 children each week, to improve their facilities.

Players will be able to enjoy better quality pitches and soon, a renovated clubhouse which will represent a significant improvement on the existing facilities

FYFC worked with the Football Foundation and the Gloucestershire FA to secure a grant towards the project.

Adam Sloman, Club Chairman, said: “This is a brilliant result for not just us as a Club, but also all the children that play for Fairford Youth Football Club – this grant will help more kids from the local community get involved in football and to secure the Club’s future. It’s not just a benefit for us, but for the whole community. I’d like to thank our Club Development Officer, Alan Stratford, for his hard work in securing the grant.”

This latest grant follows the successful application for a £500 Covid-19 preparation grant and an award of £1800 towards new goals.

“We’ve been working hard to secure the funds to really develop the club” added Alan. “We keep the costs for children to play as low as possible, and these grants will help us to develop even better facilities for the community.”