People living in West Wickham, Bromley & Beckenham area are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Tecnica FA based at Wickham Park Sports Club have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to Upgrade their sports pitches with a 6 year maintenance contract.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
This grant will enable Tecnica FA, a growing football club that plays football in the Tandridge Youth Football League, and currently consisting of 12 teams and approx. 130 players to be able to enjoy better quality pitches. The 6 year maintenance programme will provide a continuity plan to improve pitch conditions which will represent a significant improvement on the current playing surfaces.
Tecnica Football Academy worked with the Football Foundation and the Kent FA to secure a £27096 grant towards the project.
Warren Berkley Club Secretary of Tecnica FA said: “Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches and community here. We see first-hand the impact on players’ confidence, 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 us, as it will help us to improve grassroots sport in the area and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We’re dedicated to improving grassroots football facilities because we want to encourage more people to get involved in our nation’s favourite game, regardless of their background, age or ability. That’s why I’m delighted that this funding will support Tecnica FA and Wickham Park Sports Club in developing Enhanced Grass Pitch Maintenance Works for the local 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 football facilities across the country. We believe in the power of pitches to transform lives and strengthen communities and so we’ll be investing £1bn across the country over the next 10 years.”