Six Non-League football clubs played off against each other at a “Dragon’s Den”-style pitch day for their share of the Buildbase £100k product bursary.
The final of the Buildbase Club Renovation Programme, which is helping to improve the facilities of clubs taking part in The Buildbase FA Trophy and The Buildbase FA Vase, took place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE.
All of the clubs pitched fantastic projects that would benefit not just the players and fans, but the community too.
The amount of planning and preparation for the day was evident with representatives from each of the clubs speaking passionately about their renovation projects.
The panel of formidable judges from Buildbase and the FA were looking for feasible projects that had a clear plan and would deliver huge benefits to their communities.
The highlight of the day was a stadium tour. As the clubs made their way through the home of English football, they caught an exclusive behind the scenes experience of Wembley, taking in the magnificence of the grounds as well as changing areas and facilities.
Local Buildbase branches across England and Wales support all of the clubs taking part with information, advice and supply of the building products required for their projects.
Pitching from The Buildbase FA Vase
Cheadle Town FC
The project would update the existing changing room and provide extra facilities for women, providing a safe and secure environment for members, players, supporters and the general community.
The club was formed in 1946 and arrived at the current location in 1974. The project would support the upgrade and replacement of old dilapidated facilities
A clubhouse extension would provide the club with a facility that can accommodate players and supporters alike during match days and community groups on non-match days.
Pitching from The Buildbase FA Trophy
Lincoln United FC
Improved facilities for those with a disability would support existing fans but also encourage new fans to the club, creating an inclusive and enjoyable facility for all.
Ashford United FC
The project would involve the development of a training pitch and facilities to encourage and support youth football.
Needham Market FC
An extension of the existing clubhouse would accommodate a café for visitors and local residents. The project would also involve building two additional changing rooms and a multipurpose sports and meeting area for use by the whole community.
Thanks to all of the clubs who made it such a special day and the best of luck. We’ll be announcing the winners in May.
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