Buildbase “passes the ball” to next sponsor of the FA Trophy & FA Vase

Buildbase FA Vase and FA Trophy

After six years as title sponsor of the FA Vase and FA Trophy competitions, national builders’ merchant, Buildbase, is passing the ball to the next sponsor at the end of the 2021/22 season.

Reflecting on the additional support provided to non-league football clubs through its annual renovation bursary, Megan Hill, Marketing Manager at Buildbase, commented: “Grassroots and non-league football clubs are the heart of their communities. Our branches play a similar role for local builders and tradespeople, so getting close to, and helping local clubs always made sense to us.

“It’s been both rewarding and humbling to see the tireless work done by non-league club volunteers and we’re so glad to have played our part in that over the past six years.”

The bursary, which enabled the FA Vase and FA Trophy clubs to apply for building materials to help refurbish their facilities, has donated over half a million pounds’ worth of materials to 24 clubs around the UK over the past six years.

Renovation projects have included overhauling club houses and kitchens, replacing changing rooms and shower facilities, investing in floodlights, refurbishing stands, as well as creating community gardens and function rooms. Many of the projects have gone beyond football to offer new facilities to local community groups and to help clubs become more financially self-sufficient.

In true football statistics fashion, Buildbase has counted up the quantities of materials provided during the annual bursary programme, which have included:

Buildbase FA Infographic

  • 50 showers
  • 1,120 plumbing items
  • 1,000 bricks
  • 437 bags of cement
  • 2,400 paving blocks
  • 1,120 fence panels
  • 116 rolls of artificial grass
  • 4,000 lengths of timber
  • 600 sheets of plasterboard
  • 1,183 rolls of electric cable

Nigel Hunt, Chief Executive of Hanwell Town FC, one of the Buildbase bursary’s first winners in 2017 told the Buildbase blog recently: “Achieving the bursary was unprecedented for a club like ours. It gave us the push to prioritise projects, get help with costs and was a springboard for where we are now.”

Buildbase Non-League Ambassador and talkSPORT presenter Tony Incenzo, who has supported the programme since it began, said: “I have been honoured to work as Buildbase’s Non-League Ambassador. In particular, it has been a pleasure to visit the bursary award winning clubs to see how the building materials they received have been utilised. It has been a great sponsorship as Buildbase identified exactly what those clubs needed and helped them to improve their facilities for the benefit of the local communities.”

For more information on the Buildbase FA Title Sponsorship, click here.