An ambitious local football club is a step closer to achieving its expansion goal after receiving a £50,000 grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund.
Lutterworth Athletic Football Club, in Leicestershire, has embarked on a project to raise over £800,000, with the aim of becoming a true community hub where playing football is not weather reliant and is accessible to more local people.
The scheme includes plans to extend the clubhouse and install an all-weather facility at the ground. The grant from the Tarmac Landfill Communities Fund will be used to build new changing rooms for female players and match officials, enabling the club to extend its offering and encourage more girls and women to get involved in the game.
The club already hosts an impressive line-up of 28 sides, serving hundreds of players in the area. It also provides facilities for players from other clubs and schools, as well as those who just want to exercise on one of the club’s five-a-side pitches.
Mike English, Club chairman, said: “We’ve been working on this project for three and a half years and the support from Tarmac, our Local FA, The Football Foundation, Gazeley Properties, and Harborough District Council has made a substantial contribution to ensure this project comes to fruition.
“The backing and support have been amazing, and we are truly thankful to all the help we have been given during very difficult times. As a club, we have always looked to invest in the facilities to make sure we can provide an environment that is safe and secure for young people alongside a comfortable environment for parents and supporters to relax in.”
Jamie Prpa, manager at Tarmac’s Cotesbach site, said: “It’s easy to see how important this ambitious, growing club is to the local community. Having met the Wildcats girls’ team, it was great to hear more about what a difference the new female changing rooms will make to the inclusivity of Lutterworth Athletic FC.”