Grass Pitch Improvement Grant Awarded


Scarborough Athletic have been awarded a significant Football Foundation grant for the development of the pitches at Filey Community Sports Club.


The grant of £44,716.00 is to be used to develop the pitches at Filey Community Sports Club over a six year period, with Scarborough Athletic FC to contribute to an additional 25% of the works over the next six years.


The development will include a range of grass maintenance works including drainage, sand dressing and seeding to improve the quality of all the pitches at the Filey Community Sports Club site after a visit from the Institute of Groundsmen.


The Filey Community Sports Club facility includes a clubhouse, car parking, changing facilities and three 11v11 pitches, two 9v9 pitches and one 7v7 pitch.


Football Development Director Paul Exley said “The significant investment from the Premier League, The Football Association, Government and Sport England will help towards bringing up to standard the pitches at Filey Community Sports Club. We experienced last season that the pitches require significant work in order to best utilise the facility for its purpose and this funding will support us to become sustainable as a Junior setup".


“Our teams from Under 7 through to Under 19 and the wider community will be able to benefit from the works in the long-term. The work from our volunteers on the Filey Community Sports Club site to date has been amazing and along with their time and effort, this investment is a key part to the project at Filey. Work is able to start on the pitches this summer”.


Robert Sullivan, Interim Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals’ physical and mental well-being.  That’s why we’re committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country.  It’s therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Scarborough Athletic FCin developing Filey Community Sports Club for their local community”. 


“Working with our partners – the Premier League, The FA, government and Sport England – we will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade.  We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal.”

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