Grant Funding providers visit Eccleshall
Wed 8th March 2017 | Eccleshall | By Ian Templeman
Last Wednesday, officials at Eccleshall welcomed representatives from four local organisations who had provided grants to help the club enhance the facilities at Pershall Park.
Over a period of months, the club has received funding to assist with the necessary refurbishment of the clubhouse both external and to the main clubroom.
The rear external wall has been replaced which also allowed essential internal work to the clubroom to be undertaken as well, including removal of the old tea bar, plasterwork and painting, the replacement of the ceiling together with new lighting and new floor covering.
These have all been put in place with the assistance of grant funding from the Co-Op (via the local Eccleshall branch), the local Staffordshire County Councillor's Local Member Scheme budget and Eccleshall Parish Council.
Additionally, following the break in last year, a bid was made to the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's People Power Fund for assistance to install new security measures at the ground. From this funding, a new CCTV system and alarm system were installed to provide additional protection to the clubhouse.
Following the completion of the work, the club committee took the opportunity to welcome representatives from four organisations who had helped the club with grants
In appreciation of the assistance given, representatives were invited to visit the clubhouse to see how their contributions had helped the club, meet club officials and have a bite to eat.
Eccleshall Club Secretary Jim Tunney said: "Various bidding submissions had been made to help the club take the essential work forward. The rear clubhouse wall, for example, was the original wooden construction from when the building was put in place over thirty years ago and was in a very poor state.
“Its replacement meant that we also had to renovate the clubroom and the final work - replacement of the floor covering, which again was over thirty years old - was completed on the 23rd February.
“Photographs have now been replaced and the clubroom now has a fresh, homely feel to it. It has been dedicated as the 'Danny Stevens Lounge' in memory of our former club captain, who was tragically killed in a road accident a number of years ago.
“Alongside this has been the installation of the new security equipment which will, hopefully, now provide additional protection to our facility.
“It goes without saying that this work could not have moved forward without the support of the Co-Op, Staffordshire County Councillor Frank Chapman, Eccleshall Parish Council and Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Ellis.
“We are very grateful for their assistance and feel sure that member clubs visiting Pershall Park for our remaining home matches this season will notice the difference their contribution has made".
The photo taken on the day shows (L to R):
Jacqui Gripton (Co-Op), Staffordshire County Councillor Frank Chapman, Jim Tunney (Secretary, Eccleshall FC), Matthew Ellis (Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner), Peter Jones (Eccleshall Parish Council Vice Chairman), Graham Garner (Eccleshall Parish Council Chairman), Tom Parker (Co-Op), Bob Lloyd (Chairman, Eccleshall FC).