Accrington Stanley Celebrate Funding Success for Football’s Big Return

Football in Hyndburn received a boost today as Accrington Stanley Community Trust was awarded a £2500 grant by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation.

The £2500 grant, part of the Foundation’s Return to Football Fund, is helping Accrington Stanley Community Trust to restart following the lifting of government restrictions on grassroots football. The grant was made possible thanks to funding from The FA and Sport England through the Football Foundation.

This money will be used to relaunch the community programmes which aims to increase participation in football.

Martin Fearon, CEO at Accrington Stanley Community Trust, said: “The Return to Football Fund grant will make a big difference in our community as we aim to restart our provision in the coming weeks.”

Robert Sullivan, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This grant award to Accrington Stanley Community Trust towards restarting football activity is vital for the local community in Hyndburn as they get back to playing football. Our Return to Football fund is supporting clubs across the country, helping them to kick-start our national game again locally and try to recover from the effects of COVID-19. ”

“This is part of our wider ambition to transform our grassroots game and unlock the power of pitches, something we hope to get back to in full force as restrictions are lifted.”

The £2.1M Return to Football Fund is directly targeted at groups of people whose participation has been affected most by COVID-19, offering Clubs up to £2,500 each.

The grant comes as part of an investment of more than £16m that has been made available to help clubs prepare for the restart of grassroots football following the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, the Foundation declared “Game on” and announced three funds to get football’s 12 million grassroots players back on the pitch.

The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.