Footballers win grant

FOOTBALLERS in Portishead are celebrating this week after netting a £25,000 windfall towards providing floodlights at their pitch. Portishead Football Club learnt this week it had been awarded the cash from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund (FSIS). Th

FOOTBALLERS in Portishead are celebrating this week after netting a £25,000 windfall towards providing floodlights at their pitch.Portishead Football Club learnt this week it had been awarded the cash from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund (FSIS).The grant means the club is just now £9,000 away from its fund-raising target of £42,000 and a step nearer realising its dream of floodlighting the Bristol Road pitch.Club supporters faced a setback earlier in the year when burglars broke into the clubhouse through the roof following a fund-raising event and made off with £8,000.Although the culprits were never caught, the club's sponsors Future Mastics, local businesses, members, players and local residents rallied round and helped the club keep their floodlights appeal alive.Portishead Football Club chairman Bob Parsons said: "With Portishead first team featuring in the Tool Station Western League and the recently formed under 18s team in the Somerset Floodlit League, the timing of the grant offer should help see the lights in place before the end of this season."The task is now to raise the shortfall of £9,000 before work can begin and the club will not only be looking for all financial help that is available but also programming events in and around the club."* A fund-raising match is taking place at the club on November 25 between Bristol City Vets 11 and Portishead Vets 11, kicking off at 2pm. Gates will open at 1pm and refreshments will be available during the game. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for over 13s and OAPs. Entry is free for the under 13s.


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