Your community football club has applied for a grant from the Aviva Community Fund.
The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding for causes important to your community. Peacehaven & Telscombe FC has applied to the fund for a £5,000 grant to assist with the repairs to the clubhouse roof – the lifeblood of the football club.
To be in with a chance of succeeding with the application, the football club needs you and your friends, colleagues and relatives to vote for its project. If the club gets enough votes from friends, family and supporters in the community, the club’s project could make it to the finals, where a judging panel will award the funds.
The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 500 projects across four different fund levels and three categories, giving money to communities across the UK.
If Peacehaven & Telscombe FC’s project gets enough votes and wows the judges, it will be in with a chance of getting those much-needed funds.
How to take part
Below is the link for people to vote for this fundraising project and your votes are now absolutely key!
Click on the link, register – this literally takes no more than two minutes - and then put Peacehaven into the location tab and your project appears and gains ten points! Already this project has secured nearly 2,000 points, but every vote is vital and the club needs you now.
Vote now and then please share the club’s unique project link far and wide with supporters and secure their votes too:
The full story about Peacehaven & Telscombe FC
In the spring of 2016 the club was nearly dissolved due to debt, however a group of local football loving volunteers successfully raised over £35k to ensure the long-term sustainability of the club which has been the hub of the community since 1923.
The funds were raised through a community share offer enabling debts to be paid off and take the club into community ownership. The club is now a not for profit co-op community benefit society.
In addition they also bought together the football clubs of Peacehaven & Telscombe under one umbrella which reconnected and broadened the fan base. This has increased community engagement and worthwhile social impact e.g. the Rotary Club and Macmillan Cancer regularly use the clubhouse and the youth charity, Cats Club After School are now based onsite.
The club’s facilities are used by children from four years old to play football and have a pathway into adult football, regardless of ability.
There is a fantastic social hub at the club. The club believe they have delivered a strong, successful club ready to benefit future generations of local youngsters. The club is now debt free and living within its means.
It now has 17 youth teams - 220 players, a youth academy - over 100 players, which feeds into five senior teams - 150 players. The club offers the local community football for all abilities from the age of four until they hang up their boots.
The club benefits hundreds of people of all ages in the local community on a weekly basis. This is all achieved with no paid staff and relies entirely on volunteers.
The cost to run such a large club is huge and maintenance is of course an on-going issue. If this submission to the Aviva Community Fund is successful the £5,000 would pay for the materials to repair the clubhouse roof – the lifeblood of the football club.
Recently water was pouring in through the roof and caused internal damage. Urgent repairs are required to the roof and the club simply do not have the funds available.
Local builders who are supporters are prepared to carry out the repairs with no charge for their labour. As mentioned previously the clubhouse is fundamental to the club’s survival, it is the main source of income and is used socially for the events previously mentioned and is hired out at weekends for parties.
With the roof repaired the clubhouse will continue to be used on a daily basis by many members of the local community. On match days the senior players always walk out with a youth team member. The kids absolutely love this and the children's parents are always extremely proud.
There really is something very special and unique about this football club and everyone involved with it whether that be the chairman - Sue Norwood who has been involved with the club for more years than she can remember and can be seen in the kitchen helping out on match days or serving behind the bar after the game - through to the fans, young and old.
Everyone appreciates the efforts involved to save the club and the on-going efforts to ensure it now continues to run efficiently. It really is the heart of Peacehaven and the local community have embraced their club and continue to do so.
In a day and age where so many children are happy to sit playing games on a computer, it is vital this club continues to provide local children the opportunity to participate in a sport thus giving them exercise and also socialising with other children.
Because of the football club, many of these young children will make friends for life through football, which is fantastic.
Please vote now and then please share the club’s unique project link far and wide with supporters and secure their votes:
Updated 10:22 - 8 Nov 2018 by Pitchside View