Newcastle United boss, Alan Pardew has praised Wythenshawe Amateurs FC after the club was awarded a £50,000 grant for new facilities.The Premiership manager who is an ambassador for Budweiser Club Futures, aimed at boosting non-league club facilities and finances, said Ammie’s bid for the grant was “outstanding”.
The grant will help Amateurs produce a new facility which will host the first team, multiple youth sides and act as a social hub for the local community.
And the club will also get a chance of winning an additional £100,000 Super Grant which will top up their funding to a total of £150,000 following a vote by football fans on Facebook. The voting opens in January 2014 on the Budweiser UK and FA Cup Facebook pages.
Pardew, said: “Having plied my trade in non-league football, I am under no illusions as to the graft and dedication required to sustain a local club.
“As Budweiser Club Futures ambassador for a second season, I have seen first-hand the difference the funding has made to last year’s recipients. Once again, we received some brilliant and inspiring applications. This is great to see as it reinforces the passion that these clubs have to grow and achieve their ambitions.”
“Wythenshawe’s application was outstanding, and to think they could add a further super grant of £100,000 means that Carl and his staff have an exciting few months ahead.”
Budweiser Club Futures has also been supported by the Football Foundation, who helped decide the grant recipients, and The FA Facilities and Investment team, who provided advice and guidance to the non-league clubs applying.
The programme has now invested a total of £1million directly into 16 non-league football clubs in the UK over the last two seasons.
Carl Barratt, Vice-Chairman of Wythenshawe Amateurs, said: “We have no doubt this award will change our club forever. Emotions are running high and I cannot quantify the impact this will have on everyone involved at our great club. Wythenshawe Amateurs are in desperate need of quality facilities and thanks to the Budweiser grant, we are on track to provide them.”
Budweiser Senior Brand Manager, Christian Flouch, said: “Non-league clubs are the backbone of the beautiful game in this country, and often of their local communities too. Whether the money goes towards resurrecting clubs on the brink of extinction or fulfilling their dreams of climbing the football pyramid, watching them flourish as a result of Budweiser Club Futures is fantastic. Congratulations to Wythenshawe Amateurs and we look forward to seeing the results of the grant award.”