Suffolk village expands its football facilities

FOR a village with a population not exceeding a few hundred the efforts of Walsham-le-Willows to reach and then survive in the Premier Division of the Ridgeons League should never be underestimated.

And the good husbandry continues with news that new floodlit grass and artificial 3G football pitches and car park are being introduced to the site.

When finished the new facility will allow Walsham to increase the number of youth teams they run and maintain a production line of talented players.

Walsham have been awarded a grant of �185,961 from the Football Foundation, and a cheque presentation takes place tomorrow at noon.

And they will receive an additional �50,000 from the Football Association, as part of their capital allocation within the Whole Sport Plan agreed with Sport England.

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Paul Thorogood, chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This funding is excellent news and Walsham and Suffolk FA deserve credit for their hard work.

“Since its launch in 2000 the Foundation has funded 143 projects worth more than �13.5m across Suffolk with money provided by our funding partners the Premier League, the FA and Government.”

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