PEOPLE living in North Maidenhead are set to benefit from fresh investment into football facilities.

Holyport Football Club has been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The Football Association and the Football Foundation to upgrade their facility.

The Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the United Kingdom and exists to improve the experience of playing the game for everyone by championing fair access to quality facilities.

The grant will enable Holyport – a club in the Hellenic League – to improve their dugouts and pitch drainage. Both coaches and players will be able to enjoy better quality pitches and dugouts which will represent a significant improvement after the damaged suffered in recent storms.

Holyport worked with the Football Foundation and the Berks & Bucks FA to secure a £920 grant towards the project.

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Richard Tyrell is a committee member at the club. He said: “Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches and the community here. We see first-hand the impact on the confidence of players as well as they 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 the club. It will help to improve grassroots sport in the area and get even more people involved in the game.”

Paul Thorogood is Chief Executive at the Football Foundation. He commented: “We’re dedicated to improving grassroots football facilities because we want to encourage more people to get involved in the game regardless of their background, age or ability.

“That’s why I’m delighted that this funding will support Holyport in developing work being done on facilities for the 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 facilities across the country.

“We believe in the power of pitches to transform lives and strengthen communities and so we will be investing £1 billion across the country over the next 10 years.”