footballers score funding for new facility
A rapidly expanding youth football club in Bishop Auckland has been awarded funding to help improve its off the pitch facilities.
Bishop Juniors Football Club has netted support from believe housing to upgrade the hub it operates at King James I Academy in the town. The County Durham-based housing association has provided £500 from its community funding programme to cover the cost of upgrading kitchen equipment at the hub.
The improved kitchen will allow the club to cater for the 200 youngsters attending matches and training sessions at the club, as well as their parents. Bishop Juniors has also benefited from the current refurbishment works taking place at believe housing’s office in nearby South Church with extra storage cupboards for kit and equipment, as well as seating in the hub.
The club hope that the upgraded facilities will encourage more parents to stay during sessions and will also allow activities such as children’s football birthday parties to take place.
Funding Officer from believe housing, Damian Pearson, said: “The passion and commitment of everyone at Bishop Juniors is clear to see. The club are making such a huge contribution to communities in and around Bishop Auckland.
“It was a real privilege to see some of the work the club do and I’m so pleased that we’ve been able to help with the development of Bishop Juniors. Our community funding programme was created to help with projects like this, where even a small amount of funding can make a significant difference.”
Darren Tait from Bishop Juniors FC said: “We feel very privileged to have received the funding from believe housing. It has enabled us to provide hot and cold drinks and refreshments on training nights and match days as well as a comfortable seating area where parents or carers and siblings can take shelter during coaching sessions, as well as before, during and after matches.
“We would like to thank Damian and the team at believe housing for their support through the whole application process and are delighted that the project has been a real success. It has also helped create a part time employed post as well as opportunities for volunteer assistants.”
Any community organisation, non-profit making group, charity or school is eligible to apply for funding from believe housing’s community grant programme. The application process has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions are made monthly to ensure groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.
Full details of the believe housing community grant programme are available at www.believehousing.co.uk or by calling 0300 1311 999.
Pictured above, left to right: Damian Pearson from believe housing with Rudy Ridley, Darren Tait and Xavier Johnston from Bishop Juniors FC.