The funding has enabled the Step 7 club, which can trace its roots back further than 1965, to install a state-of-the-art new shower system, to the delight of its players. The club hopes that this will help them to attract and retain more players in the future.
The new system replaces the existing showers, which had become unfit for purpose due to long-term use. The upgrade project will enable the club to continue at the ground well into the future, by providing its members with a more comfortable facility.
Awsworth Villa FC currently play at Step 7 in the Nottinghamshire Senior League. Thanks to the installation of the new shower system, their ground now meets the requirements for Step 6. This will benefit the club if they are promoted in the future.
Funded with £6.5m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF – the sister organisation of the Football Foundation – is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.
John Waterall, who has been involved in youth football since 1953 and is also a Life Vice-President of The FA, said: “I would like to thank Awsworth Villa FC for inviting me to officially unveil their clubhouse upgrade. I have spent a great deal of my life involved in youth football, so I understand how important it is for players to have access to the best possible facilities. I’m very glad to see that, thanks to investment from the Premier League through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, the club can now offer its teams an improved experience.”
Paul Wilkinson, Vice Chairman of Awsworth Villa FC, said: “The FSIF grant will enable the club to play at our home ground for many more years to come. The new shower system means that are players are getting the best facilities we can offer them, which is important to keeping up love of the game. Thanks to the grant and the support from our local parish council, our future is secured for many more years to come.”
Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, said: “I am pleased to hear that a grant from the Premier League, delivered by the FSIF, has benefited Awsworth Villa FC’s clubhouse upgrade. This will help to attract and retain players, which is essential for clubs.
“Through the FSIF, the Premier League gives generous funding to upgrading stadia for lower league clubs. This investment helps to improve the experience and promote love of the game, for players and spectators alike.”