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Spalding, Holbeach, Pinchbeck, Deeping and Bourne among those receiving FA cash for safe return to football

Football clubs in south Lincolnshire have been given a boost with a share of £45,500 worth of investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government’s Football Foundation.

The funding is being awarded as grants from the Foundation’s Club Preparation Fund to help clubs prepare their buildings to safely reopen in line with Government guidance around hygiene and social distancing.

Some 91 grants were awarded to clubs across Lincolnshire, totalling £45,500. This will benefit 795 local football teams across the county.

Pinchbeck United's players in pre-season training. The Knights are one of those clubs given a grant. (39519174)
Pinchbeck United's players in pre-season training. The Knights are one of those clubs given a grant. (39519174)

Local senior clubs Spalding United, Holbeach United, Pinchbeck United, Deeping Rangers and Bourne Town have all received grants as well as several junior teams.

These Club Preparation Fund grants will go towards football sites to satisfy the extra hygiene measures that Government guidance requires. This includes:

• Installing hygiene facilities, such as hand sanitiser dispensers, soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers and waste bins;

• Modifications, such as safety screening, contactless payment systems and signage;

• Facility maintenance work, such as repairing hand basins and hot water provision;

• Professional inspections that may be necessary due to the prolonged period of closure resulting from the pandemic – including inspections of water quality, gas and ventilation;

Adam Thurston, Football Development Manager at Lincolnshire FA, said: “After an extended break from the grassroots game which none of us were expecting, we’re delighted to see our clubs finally preparing for a return to outdoor, competitive football.

"However, it’s vital that this is done in a safe, hygienic and COVID-19-secure environment, with suitable protocols in place. This is an unprecedented situation we’re all facing but with fantastic financial support from the Football Foundation and the hard work of our county’s outstanding volunteers, I’m sure we’ll see grassroots football in Lincolnshire thriving again soon.”

Other local clubs given Club Preparation Fund grants are:

Kirton Town; Baston Playing Fields Management Committee; Moulton Chapel; Rippingale & Folkingham; Holbeach Bank; Spalding Harriers; Swineshead Institute; Pinchbeck United Sports; Thurlby Tigers; Bourne Town Juniors; Moulton Harrox; Deeping United; Holbeach United Youth; Wyberton; Sutton Bridge United.

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