Pontefract Collieries FC is one of two non-league clubs to win a 50% share of the annual £50K Buildbase Community Club Award.
The club is receiving a £25,000 product bursary which covers building, electrical and hire materials to renovate its facilities, having pitched its plans to a panel of judges from Buildbase and the FA.
And the clubs that have won the award this year were judged as much on their community involvement as their investment in football.
At Pontefract Collieries FC, a new kitchen will help the community food hub set up during the pandemic and continue to provide support to local families, including free school meals during holidays. There are also plans for both parent and baby and pensioner groups.
The club’s other renovation plans include improving changing rooms, showers, toilets and the clubhouse bar. It will also make the facilities more accessible to disabled people, particularly in the seating and toilet areas.
Education is a key part of Pontefract’s plans, such as a football scholars programme and nutritional courses, which it wants to make more widely in the community, especially for unemployed people and ex-offenders.
Trevor Waddington, club chairman (pictured top, right) and Tom Wiles, vice chair at the club (pictured top, left) said: “We are so grateful to have won the Buildbase bursary and thank everyone from Buildbase and everyone involved in the panel for awarding us.
“Not only will the bursary improve our football club, but it allows us to build on the support we are already giving our community. We will continue to support and engage with our local community to ensure that Pontefract and the wider, Wakefield district is as strong and vibrant as it can be. We are proud to be part of such a fantastic town and we look forward to working with the community in the future to improve the long-term prospects of its people.”
Local Buildbase branches will be supporting the clubs with information, advice and supplying the building products required for their projects.
Andy Tompkins, Business Change Director of Buildbase said: “Non-league clubs have given incredible support to their communities during the pandemic and this is what the Buildbase Community Club Award is all about. Pontefract Collieries FC are a brilliant example of a club who has dedicated time and efforts to support local areas and families, whilst keeping the club going for the return of grassroots football.”