Chester MP, Stephen Mosley is inviting local football clubs to bid for funding, as part of Budweiser’s Club Future Grants scheme.
Budweiser have announced that they will be investing £1million directly into grassroots football in the UK over the next two seasons as part of their FA cup sponsorship.
Budweiser Club Futures will aim to ‘help clubs to help themselves’ by improving any part of their general facilities. As a long-standing supporter of football around the world, from the FIFA World Cup to the Copa America to the iconic FA Cup, Budweiser understands the importance of grassroots football in developing future heroes of the game, and the vital role football plays in bringing together local communities all around the world.
Eight grants will be available during the 2012/13 season, with a further eight grants available during the 2013/14 season. Within each season, one of the chosen eight clubs will win an additional £100,000 super grant – as voted by football fans from early next year through the official FA Cup and Budweiser UK Facebook pages.
Speaking about the initiative Stephen said:
“Football clubs across Chester play a vital role in encouraging participation and creating opportunities for people to take part in grassroots sport. The Budweiser Club Futures campaign will allow for clubs to become more financially sustainable and encourage them to create a legacy to inspire future generations. It is important that we create an Olympics legacy, and encouraging local, grassroots sport is just one way we can do this. I would urge all clubs who are eligible to apply for a grant today.”
Budweiser European Marketing Director, Iain Newell, said:
“We know the importance of non-league clubs to the future of the beautiful game and to local communities so we’re proud to be able to give these clubs a financial boost. As a long-standing supporter of football around the world, Budweiser is committed to partnering with the communities where we live and work to support local clubs as they build their legacies.
The establishment of ‘Budweiser Club Futures’ also gives us the opportunity to work with the winning clubs to promote responsible drinking in the community. We will be bringing successful Responsibility programmes such as ‘Family Talk’ and ‘Designated Driver’ to these clubs as part of our dream to be the Best Beer Company in a Better World.”