Pontefract Collieries in running to win community club award

Pontefract Collieries have been shortlisted to compete against five non-league clubs for a share of the £50K Buildbase Community Club Award.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 8:00 am
Pontefract Collieries

The award, which is helping Buildbase FA Trophy or Buildbase FA Vase clubs to renovate their facilities, will enable two of the six finalists to each walk away with a £25,000 product bursary, including building, electrical and hire materials.

As well as explaining how much projects will benefit fans, players and the community, clubs have also shared how they have been supporting their local areas during the pandemic.

After scoring the highest number of public votes for its application, Pontefract Collieries won a ‘golden ticket’, ensuring its place in the final.

The club’s renovation plans include improving changing rooms, toilets and the clubhouse bar as well as installing a state of the art kitchen for nutritional courses. The work will provide young and adult sports teams plus local people with a base to learn, play and socialise in a safe environment.

As a result of covid-19, the club set up a community food hub to provide essential food and hygiene products to families in need. It plans to continue this support beyond the pandemic.

Colls will compete against Bromley FC and Gosport Borough FC in the Buildbase FA Trophy category. AFC Portchester, Hanley Town FC and Shildon AFC have been shortlisted in the Buildbase FA Vase group.

Next Tuesday the six finalists will virtually pitch against each other and present their plans to a panel of judges from Buildbase and the FA.

Local Buildbase branches will be supporting the clubs with information, advice and supplying the building products required for their projects.

Paul Roche, Buildbase managing director, said: “Postponed or cancelled games and clubs having to get used to the new restrictions have resulted in hardship.

“But we’ve also heard about the incredible support these clubs have been able to give to their communities and this is what this award is all about. These six clubs have already done so well to get this far. I look forward to hearing about their plans and potential for future success.”

Buildbase has been giving away building materials to help renovate non-league football clubs since it became the title sponsor of the FA Trophy and Vase in 2016.

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