Winning the Buildbase Renovation Programme was made official when the success of football clubs – Cleethorpes Town FC and Hanwell Town FC – was celebrated during The FA Non-League Finals Day at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.
Representatives from the clubs were welcomed to the pitch during half-time of The Buildbase FA Vase final to be congratulated by Buildbase Commercial Director, Paul Roche. The winners – who are sharing the £100k product bursary for club improvements – were also hosted in the Bobby Moore hospitality suite.
This is the first time that clubs competing in the FA Trophy & Vase have been offered the opportunity to win vital building materials to help renovate their clubs. The winning projects will see the facilities for Cleethorpes Town FC and Hanwell Town FC greatly improved for the fans and the local community.
David Mann, Vice Chairman at Cleethorpes Town said: “Finals day was a terrific event and going on to the pitch at half time to receive the award added to the excitement. It really brought it home that we’ve actually won the competition.
“The £50,000 product bursary means we’ll be able to return to our home ground. We’re hoping to start work in the coming weeks and will be looking to build new facilities that both we and the community can use and enjoy.”
Nigel Hunt, Commercial Director at Hanwell Town, said: “Winning this award from Buildbase is fantastic for the club and will help us enormously with our renovation programme, which will enhance the experience of our spectators and also benefit the local community.”
Buildbase FA sponsorship
Paul Roche, Commercial Director at Buildbase said: “This day at the iconic Wembley Stadium was the culmination of many months’ work by the clubs applying for the Buildbase Renovation Programme. Seeing the club members and the thousands of grassroots football supporters there to cheer on their teams reminds us exactly why we chose to run the renovation programme and sponsor The Buildbase FA Trophy and The Buildbase FA Vase competitions. It’s about the fans and the vital role local clubs play in their communities.”
The Buildbase Club Renovation Programme will run again in 2018, with a further £100,000 available for two clubs. Buildbase announced its two-year title sponsorship of The Buildbase FA Trophy and The Buildbase FA Vase in August last year.
The Buildbase FA Trophy is open to clubs playing in Steps 1-4 of The FA National League System the four tiers immediately below League Two of the English Football League. The current season has 276 clubs contesting for top honors.
The Buildbase FA Vase is open to Clubs at Step 5-7 of The FA National League System and the 2016/17 season features 592 Clubs.