13th March 2020
A statement from the NCEL has been released this afternoon and all fixtures have been suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can read the full statement on the NCEL website
Seasiders awarded funding
Bridlington Town AFC awarded funding to revamp football facilities
People living in Bridlington are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Bridlington Town AFC have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their clubhouse.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
This grant will enable Bridlington Town AFC, which plays at Step 5 in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, which gives 70 local players the chance to play football each week, to improve their clubhouse facilities.
Players and the local community will be able to experience a new purpose build clubhouse, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing clubhouse which was in need of renovation, including hospitality and year round community use.
Bridlington Town AFC worked with the Football Foundation and the East Riding County FA to secure a £100,000 grant towards the project.
Peter Smurthwaite, Owner and Chairman, Bridlington Town AFC, said: “Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches, spectators and the whole community here. We see first-hand the impact on players’ confidence, physical health and mental focus. To receive this funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through the Football Foundation means a lot to us, as it will help us to improve grassroots sport across Bridlington and the surrounding area and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We’re dedicated to improving grassroots football facilities because we want to encourage more people to get involved in our nation’s favourite game, regardless of their background, age or ability or place. That’s why I’m delighted that this funding will support Bridlington Town AFC in developing their new clubhouse, which will benefit the local community for years to come.
“Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country. We believe in the power of pitches to transform lives and strengthen communities and so we’ll be investing £1bn across the country over the next 10 years.”
The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK. It champions and supports fair access to quality football facilities for everyone, regardless of postcode, gender, race, disability or place.
The Foundation receives money from the Premier League, The FA and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, through Sport England. This is matched with partnership funding and awarded as grants to create outstanding grassroots facilities that enable better games and attract more players, helping to transform communities.
The Football Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary next year. Since 2000, it has awarded more than 17,300 grants to improve facilities worth more than £684m – including 829 artificial grass pitches, 3,175 natural grass pitches and 1,100 changing facilities. This has attracted an additional £870m of partnership funding – totalling over £1.5bn investment in grassroots football so far.
Through the Foundation, the Premier League, The FA, DCMS and Sport England have come together to create the National Football Facilities Strategy (NFFS) that will guide work over the next 10 years to transform many more local facilities. Local Football Facility Plans (LFFP) are being created to identify priority projects where demand is greatest, and the impact will be strongest and help stimulate the action required to deliver them.
Bridlington Town supporters trust
The supporters trust is still alive and KICKING and looking for new members.
If you are interested in helping the club financially for as little as £1.00 per week then please come and see Paul Prime or Richard Bishop at the ground on match days.
Message from the Chairman
20th December 2019
From the Chairman Pete Smurthwaite.
I have just had a chance to look at the NCEL Premier Division fixtures for the holiday period and to my amazement I see it is not only Bridlington Town who are away on two consecutive Saturdays.
Not only are we away on both Saturdays but we also have two of our longer travels when 8 of our teams are at home for both Saturdays so we also miss out on much needed revenue from decent crowds over the holiday period but also have additional travel costs.
What a disappointment in the time of “Good Cheer and Happiness”