Shoreham FC wins share of £100k prize

Shoreham FC is in for a major revamp after scoring the top prizes in the Buildbase £100k Transfer Deal 2020.

Stuart Slaney at Middle Road

Each season the national competition gives away £100,000 worth of building materials to improve the facilities of four clubs playing in the Buildbase FA Trophy or Buildbase FA Vase.

Shoreham FC along with Basford United are the latest winners to walk away with a £25,000 product bursary having successfully pitched their projects against four other finalists.

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Shoreham FC will use the building materials to improve facilities to attract more youth and girls teams. Volunteers will undertake the work. Co-chairman, Stuart Slaney explained:

“Schemes like the Buildbase programme are vital for grassroots football as they offer the opportunity to improve facilities and upkeep that is usually done by donations. We will repair our main changing rooms and those used by our girls’ teams to give them a dedicated area as well as renovate the seating in our West stand.

“It means so much to win, we can bring more girls into the club and increase activities for youngsters around the area and parents will be able to sit behind the goal and watch their kids play again, no matter what the weather.”

The judges from Buildbase and the FA praised Shoreham FC for its focus on encouraging more girls into the game. Buildbase judge and director Aisling Kenny said:

“Shoreham FC is such a worthy winner. It’s a very family and community oriented club and it’s such a shame that the facilities are in a very poor state. The project will make a big difference to the day-to-day users of the club and the benefits will be significant. We very much liked the focus on female changing rooms and encouraging more girls to play.”

The £25,000 product bursary includes building, electrical and hire products, which will be provided by local Buildbase branches working with the clubs.

Buildbase has awarded £400,000 worth of building materials to improve non-league football club facilities since it became the title sponsor of the FA Trophy and Vase in 2016. Buildbase £100k Transfer Deal has already had two winners this season – Barton Rovers FC and Stowmarket Town FC.

Updates can be found by following @BuildbaseUK on Twitter #Buildbase100KDeal, at Buildbase.co.uk or in branch.