Shildon AFC wins £25,000 product bursary in Buildbase Community Club Award
Shildon AFC 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.
Pitch Team : Martyn Tweddle, Secretary – David Dent, Chairman – Michael Wilson, Videographer
And the clubs that have won the award this year were judged as much on their community involvement as their investment in football.
Shildon AFC has plans for new paving, decking and artificial grass in a community garden, café and outdoor seating area with wi-fi, which will support its homework club for two local schools. The outdoor space will also offer a place to walk for the over-60s, boules and space for kids’ holiday clubs and events.
During the pandemic, the club supported the community by delivering food parcels for local charities including the Solan Connor Fawcett Family Cancer Trust and Shildon Alive, organising holiday courses and meals for disadvantaged children and arranging socially-distanced visits for supporters with mental health issues during lockdown.
David Dent, club chairman, said: “This win gives us a new dimension and more flexibility as to how we stage matches. We can house more people on match day and are creating an appropriate, outside space as a lot of our supporters are older people and will be anxious about being in closed spaces after the pandemic.
“For our local community it will be a massive benefit, helping with holiday courses, homework hubs and engaging supporters with coffee mornings. This helps many people in the community with the facility being seen as a real asset to the town.”
Local Buildbase branches will be supporting the clubs with information, advice and supplying the building products required for their projects.
Paul Roche, Managing Director of Buildbase said: “Non-league clubs have given incredible support to their communities during the pandemic and this is what our award is all about. And Shildon AFC is showing how clubs can help lead the way in local support as well as sporting activity.”
Buildbase has been giving away building materials to help renovate non-league football clubs since it became the title sponsor of the FA Trophy and Vase in 2016.
Updates can be found by following @BuildbaseUK on Twitter #BuildbaseCommunityClubAward at Buildbase.co.uk or in branch.