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Club says cash boost is pitch perfect MP Richard Harrington (centre) with delighted supporters and local dignitaries. Photo by HOSS


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ootballers at a local club have received a big boost thanks to a £37,500 grant to improve


facilities. Evergreen FC, in South Way, staked a success-


ful claim for the money to spend on upgrading their AstroTurf playing area. The cash was secured from Sport England‘s


Inspired Facilities Fund. The club spent a month preparing its bid and


will add £18,000 of its own money to the grant to pay for a new AstroTurf pitch, improved fencing and energy efficient floodlights.


‘We’re delighted our bid was accepted and feel this facility will be one of the best in the area’


Club chairman Ron Smith said: ―It‘s a massive


boost for the club and the village. It will provide a safe area for our youngsters to play. We‘re delighted our bid was accepted and feel this facil- ity will be one of the best in the area.


―The club is at the heart of football in Abbots


Langley, we coach boys and girls from six to 18 and help them to enjoy football and reach their full potential. ―Receiving this grant adds significant value to


our club, offering the best training facilities available in the area for young people of to- day and a strong legacy for the future.‖ Work is due to start this month and the club


hopes to unveil the newly refurbished area by the end of February. The club received the cheque at an event at-


tended by local MP Richard Harrington. He said: ―This investment by Sport England


into Evergreen FC is fantastic news. ―Evergreen FC is a strong community-based


football club that offer great opportunities for young people in the area to play football. ―This funding is an investment in young people


for today and for the future; I am sure we will see the club grow even stronger with improved training facilities.‖ For more about the club visit www.evergreenfootballclub.co.uk. by Jerry Lyons


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