Irchester United among five Northamptonshire football clubs to be awarded FA cash

Irchester United taking on Raunds Town last season
Irchester United taking on Raunds Town last season

A Northamptonshire football club has been awarded almost £100,000 from a partnership set up between the footballing authorities and the Government.

Irchester United FC is set to receive a grant of £99,990 from the Football Foundation, it was announced today (Tuesday, October 7).

The foundation is a charity which has been awarded grants worth £7m from the Premier League and the Football Association’s facilities fund.

Irchester United is one of 88 projects across England, and five in Northamptonshire, to have been awarded cash.

The money will help fund new changing rooms at the club.

Meanwhile, Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby, Earls Barton United FC and Grendon Sapphires FC have been awarded £2,380, £763 and £275 respectively by the game’s governing body to replace existing unsafe goalposts.

Northampton Spencer FC will receive £1,725 to buy pitch maintenance equipment.

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “The role of the Football Foundation is to ensure that this critical funding is invested into areas where it will have the greatest impact in terms of supporting the grassroots game and regenerating local communities.”

Sports minister Helen Grant said: “This investment from the Premier League, The FA and Government is going to make a huge difference to community sport up and down the country.”

Alex Horne, general secretary of the FA, said: “The investment by the FA through the Football Foundation continues to make a genuine impact on the quality of football facilities up and down the country.

“This latest tranche of funding presents even more opportunities to boost grassroots and deliver a highly efficient investment programme into facilities across the country.”