SPURLEY Hey FC have been proud and supportive members of the Lancashire and Cheshire AFL since they joined in 2001 and have fielded up to three open age teams with varying degrees of success over the years.
They are also a very successful junior club and one of their long-term aims has been to develop their own facility at Warth Meadow to a much higher standard.
Their secretary Dave Jameson, who is a Past President of the L&C has a great announcement to make following the successful application for a grant from the Football Foundation.
Dave said: “We are delighted to share the news that Spurley Hey FC have secured a total grant of £20,160 from the Football Foundation for a long-term maintenance programme to improve the pitch facilities at Warth Meadow.
“To secure this investment the club has also committed a total of £10,000 over a ten-year period toward the project.
”This will mean that over the next ten years the club will invest an average spend of £3,000 per year on much-needed pitch improvements at the home of Spurley Hey,”
Club Chairman Lee Preston described the grant as a ‘game-changer’: “The club would like to thank the Football Foundation for its investment into the Warth Meadow investment project, which will breathe a new lease of life into the facility.
“It’s a real reward for the dedicated club volunteers who put in countless hours trying to improve the pitches which at times can be a thankless task.
“This will also help provide a significant improvement to the pitch quality which I know will bring a huge sigh of relief to our teams and coaches who play at Warth Meadow.
“This season’s weather has been one of the worst for many years and for much of the season Warth Meadow has been unplayable, causing a huge frustration for players, parents and coached alike.
“This grant is a real game-changer for the club and sets us on the way to deliver the huge ambitions we have to turn Warth Meadow into a vibrant community football facility for the residents of Stockport. “I would also like to thank the club’s amazing volunteers who have stayed with us through this difficult season and with this investment we can look forward to a brighter future for the club.”