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Junior club celebrates huge grant

Grass roots side Wyrley Juniors Football Club has received funding totaling £918,840 from the Football Foundation and The FA.

The funding will allow the club to develop its facilities with six changing rooms, four pitches and a community clubhouse.  Grass roots sports charity the Football Foundation is funded by the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England granted £683,840 to Wyrley whilst another £235,000 came from The FA as part of their Whole Sport Plan agreed with Sport England.

Keith Hardy, chairman of Wyrley Juniors FC, said: “This is tremendous news for the club, its 700 playing members and families and the local residents of Newtown, Essington. This is the final piece in the funding jigsaw and we are now close to achieving our vision, which has been ten years in the making.”

He added: “The club now has 45 teams and is the largest football club in Staffordshire and the new facility will enable us to continue with our development plans, which include additional teams to grow the game at the junior end and to push forward with our ambitions for our men’s and ladies’ teams.”

“The club has had to battle through identifying suitable land; negotiating long term leases, two planning applications, wildlife surveys and raise £1.15m in all to get to this stage and I am delighted for everyone connected to the club.”

Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, added: “We warmly congratulate Wyrley Juniors FC and the Staffordshire County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.

“This new project in Essington is but one example of thousands across the country that the Football Foundation is supporting with money provided by our funding partners – the Premier League, The FA, Government and Sport England.  Across Staffordshire alone we have funded 160 projects worth £17m since we were launched in 2000.”

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