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Academy receives grant from Football Foundation to help safely reopen

29 July 2020

Stevenage Football Club received a boost today as it has been awarded a grant by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation...

The £500 grant from the Foundation’s Club Preparation Fund is to help prepare Shephalbury Sports Academy to safely reopen on Monday 3rd August in line with Government guidance around hygiene and social distancing, in addition to the The FA’s plans for a ‘phased return’ that was announced on 18th July.

The Club Preparation Fund follows the £7m of investment awarded to 2,900 organisations through last month’s Pitch Preparation Fund, also delivered by the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation. This is enabling over 9,000 football pitches to be made match-fit, and is benefiting over 33,000 football teams.

Speaking about the successcul funding bid, CEO Alex Tunbridge said, “We are grateful to the Football Foundation for supporting us in implementing COVID safety measures and we look forward welcoming members of the community back to playing football."

The money will go towards cleaning equipment, the installation of hand sanitiser units on each pitch and new safety signage.

Shephalbury Sports Academy is reopening on Monday 3rd August to coincide with the start of Soccer Camps for children aged 5-12 years old. 4G Pitch Booking is also available but please note, all bookings must be made in-advance online.

The Football Foundation is a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, through Sport England.

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