Worle In All Weathers gets £5k grant

PUBLISHED: 15:58 24 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:58 24 July 2015

Worle in all Weathers. Abbe Hayward  with Vikings JFC trainer Nick Hutchings and club chairman Jeff Parslow and Andrew Day, irector fo football. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Worle in all Weathers. Abbe Hayward with Vikings JFC trainer Nick Hutchings and club chairman Jeff Parslow and Andrew Day, irector fo football. Photo by Jeremy Long.

Jeremy Long \ JCL Photography

A RECREATION ground in Worle is set to benefit from a £5,000 grant to make it available to use in all weathers.

The Worle In All Weathers bid was made by Vikings Junior Football Club (JFC) and Worle JFC and the clubs will now be able to improve their clubhouse.

It is also hoped a new team can be set up as a result of the funding.

The two clubs asked for support from The OneFamily Foundation, which helps to improve facilities used by children aged 11-14, and young adults between the ages of 16 and 30.

People had to vote for which group they wanted to win financial support and the Worle In All Weathers bid has now been selected to receive a £5,000 grant.

The money will go towards building a hard standing area and a shelter for sports spectators around the clubhouse in Worle Recreation Ground, Station Road.

Abbe Hayward said: “We are so grateful to OneFamily for this community award.

“We can now purchase all the essential materials required for our improvement programme.”

The clubs were having to move their training to a ground in Churchill during the winter as their site did not have sufficient shelter.

Abbe said: “The first priority will be creating the outdoor tarmac and sheltered area for people to safely watch the sport and socialise with friends all year round.

“The timing is perfect because all the groundworks can start ahead of the winter months.”

The money will also pay for new lighting which will be used in the winter.

Chairman of the Vikings, Jeff Parslow, said: “It is going to make such a difference to our lives, particularly in the winter months.

“Before many families would regularly drive a 40-minute journey to alternative floodlit venues.

“Children in our existing teams will be thrilled to train locally.

“As a result of the money we are also hoping to start a younger team too from this Winter, as they won’t have any travel issues.”

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