The club were one of 53 community projects to have their applications approved - gaining the support of Council Leader, Louise Goldsmith in the process, and working towards their longer-term sustainability objectives.
CHICHESTER HERALD – WSCC BIG SOCIETY FUND ARTICLE – FEB 2016
Specifically, Bosham’s grant will cover a sit-on mower to save on contractor costs; a new line-marker; top-dressing application for the Walton Lane pitch which has seen additional wear-and-tear with two adult and two youth teams this season; removable goals to reduce goalmouth wear – again from increased foot-fall; a new pitch side perimeter barrier which is easier to put up, take-down and store; improved external storage, and a new security shutter for the clubhouse.
The Club hopes to showcase the improvements on Saturday, April 9, to coincide with a visit from Council Leader, Goldsmith.
The Robins are now actively seeking a new home for the existing perimeter rail, which is only 18 months old, and purchased as part of promotion requirements in 2014/15. It is approximately 120m long (one-sided) and is made of high quality PVC with interconnecting ‘T’ joint system. It would ideally suit a ground where it can be a permanent fixture. We can also provide details of suppliers to assist with additional poles to your club’s needs. Any interested parties, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This latest award demonstrates Bosham’s continued investment in its infrastructure, protecting a proud 115-year history, and providing a facility to nurture the next generation, and one in which players, supporters, parents and its loyal band of volunteers can enjoy.
The Big Society funding follows previous grant success of £52,125 in 2014 through Sport England, which enabled Bosham to refurbish their clubhouse, kitchen and dressing rooms, in addition to purchasing dugouts and the pitch-side barrier. The club also successfully applied for £3,000 via the Football Foundation's 'Grow The Game' scheme in 2014, to help revitalise their youth section.
Bosham also recently renewed and upgraded their FA Charter Standard status incorporating the club's youth set-up – a kite-mark for being well-run, and providing organised football in a safe and enjoyable environment.