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Bishop's Stortford Swifts can upgrade clubhouse thanks to five-figure funding from the Football Foundation and its partners the Premier League, the FA, the Government and Sport England

Bishop's Stortford Swifts are set to swoop for a new roof in the transfer market after securing a £16,000 grant from the Football Foundation.

The Silver Leys-based club will be able to upgrade its clubhouse thanks to the five-figure funding from the UK's largest sports charity and its partners the Premier League, the FA, the Government and Sport England.

The Swifts first team competes at step seven in the Essex Olympian League, Premier Division. The club provides more than 100 players with the chance to play football every week. It runs two Saturday and two Sunday sides while the youth ranks include sides at under-8, 9, 11, 12 and 18.

"To receive a grant of this level from the Football Foundation during these challenging times is fantastic," said Swifts chairman Martin Nash.

"With the funding we can now replace the clubhouse roof so all the players from the youth set-up through to the seniors can enjoy many years at this amazing club.

"The roof also helps with the organisations that we let use the club during the week for their daytime activities."

Grassroots football matches and training cannot take place at the moment as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and will restart only when it is safe to do so following Government advice.

But the funding, which Swifts worked with the Hertfordshire FA to secure, has given the club a timely boost before the hoped-for start of the 2020-21 season.

Robert Sullivan, interim chief executive of the Football Foundation, said: "We know the huge benefits playing regular football can have on individuals' physical and mental wellbeing. That's why we're committed to transforming the face of grassroots football facilities in this country.

"It's therefore very welcome news to hear that this funding will support Bishop's Stortford Swifts in developing and improving the clubhouse for their local community.

"We will be investing in over £1bn worth of local facilities across the country over the next decade. We believe we can transform lives and strengthen communities by unlocking the power of pitches and this is another project that brings us closer to that ultimate goal."

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