Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000

Description

Who we are
Southwell City is a highly inclusive and increasingly community focused football club, currently celebrating its 125th year. An enthusiastic and reinvigorated executive committee has instigated a period of transition to ensure we can provide better facilities for players of all ages, associated spectators and members of the wider community. 

At present, the Club’s 36 teams play on three different sites: Memorial Park, Centenary Ground and Minster Fields. All are council owned playing fields, although the Club has constructed modest clubhouses at Memorial Park and Centenary Ground to provide changing rooms, toilets and basic refreshments when games are being played.

What we’re trying to achieve
Firstly, we want to build a club the people of the City are proud of; where everyone feels welcomed and players of all ages are supported and encouraged to be as good as they can be in terms of playing football and being a citizen of the community.

Secondly, we want to put our facilities on a par with comparable sized clubs in the county, helping place the Club at the heart of the community from Saturday morning until Sunday evening when our teams are playing – and hopefully beyond.

Finally, we want to support the Southwell City first team achieve promotion to the sixth tier of the English football pyramid – which we believe will give the City a sporting team to rally behind and be truly proud of. 

Why we need funding
Through its dedication to the highest standards of youth team coaching and child safeguarding, the Club is FA Affiliated and able to access match funding based on the fulfilment of certain criteria. Capital is required to firstly meet these criteria, and then provide ‘our share’ of the overall project budget. 

Funds would be used to improve facilities in two areas:

Firstly at the Memorial Park. This site would become the hub of our youth team set-up, with five-, seven- and nine-a-side football pitches being brought together in the area directly outside the clubhouse (rather than being dispersed around the City and beyond). This will give home and away players ranging from six to thirteen, their families, spectators, users of the adjacent playgrounds, and any other member of the community access to changing rooms, toilets and, eventually, a café. As well as match (predominantly Saturday and Sunday mornings for these ages) amenities, it is hoped that renovation will improve this clubhouse sufficiently for it to become a community resource for non-football related special occasions – helping the Club secure a revenue stream for reinvestment in further improvements for the benefit of the Club’s players and wider community.

Secondly at the Centenary Ground. Basic improvements here will allow us to fulfil FA funding access criteria, and give us the ability to install a high quality pitch, floodlights, perimeter fencing, appropriate changing facilities and specifically designed spectator areas. Once all of these are in place, it is the Club’s belief that the first team will be in a position to take the step up to the next tier of the English football league and bring higher quality football to the City.

What exactly the money will be spent on
If the club is successful, Aviva funding will be used:

1.) To extend and remodel the aging clubhouse at the Memorial Park, making it more suitable for use by boys and girls between six and 13. Female specific changing rooms, improved disabled facilities, child focused amenities and a useable kitchen will all be included in the work.

2.) To help fund, in conjunction with FA funding, improvements to the Centenary Ground for players aged 13 and over. This work will include the creation of good quality pitches and training facilities where players can express themselves and improve, as well as the substantial expansion and improvement of the clubhouse.

Southwell City F.C

Moment of Pride

Southwell City is an important part of the local community, and is striving to contribute even more to the physical and mental health of all those that engage with it. The dedication of its players, coaches, management team and supporters makes me proud to be one of its members.

Location: Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK