Club secures cash

PUBLISHED: 17:09 10 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:09 10 February 2015

An artist's impression of the new changing rooms planned for Nailsea United Football Club at Grove Sports Centre.

An artist's impression of the new changing rooms planned for Nailsea United Football Club at Grove Sports Centre.

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A FOOTBALL club is celebrating after being given the final chunk of cash it needs to build some much-needed changing rooms.

Nailsea United FC has been working tirelessly for almost two years to raise £156,500 to replace its temporary changing rooms at Grove Sports Centre.

The footballers have been hugely successful on the field and the club has been crowned county champion for the past three years, but the poor condition of its facilities have been letting the side down.

The club was given planning permission for the new building in January 2013 and members have organised a host of events to raise the amount.

Club chairman Spencer Lee said: “We’ve been looking at any grants available to us and more importantly working extremely hard on our own fundraising. With a target of £156,500, it looked a tall order for us as a voluntary organisation, but we got there in the end.

“We managed to secure £115,000 from the FA which was a huge help - that came from three separate grant aid schemes.

“The club is very proud of the £21,500 we raised, which was over and above the running costs of a big club with a big membership.

“That was raised through hard fundraising - holding events and putting on anything we could think of. It makes it all more satisfying now we have finally done it.”

The club hit a stumbling block when it was unable to apply for a final £20,000 grant from Biffa due to a problem with timescales.

Members approached Nailsea Town Council, which gave the club a £10,000 grant and a £10,000 loan so they could reach their target.

Spencer added: “The town council has been incredibly generous and we are very grateful to the FA and the council for helping us to get there.

“It’s fantastic for us as a club and for the Nailsea community. For so long the facilities at the Grove haven’t reflected how successful we’ve been on the field, so it will be nice to have a facility that reflects the size of the club and it’s standing.”

Work is due to start in April and should be finished in August.


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