Roof refurbishment at Eccleshall
Tue 24th October 2017 | Eccleshall | By Ian Templeman
Essential refurbishment work to the club house roof at Eccleshall FC’s Pershall Park ground will soon be getting under way, with help from Biffa Award.
The Biffa Award scheme is a multi-million pound fund that helps to build communities and transform lives, through awarding grants to community and environmental projects across the UK, as part of the Landfill Communities Fund.
Over the last year or more, Eccleshall committee members have been forced to make temporary patch repairs to the clubhouse roof to try and prevent leaks which were causing increasing levels of serious internal water damage, including the partial collapse of ceilings in both the away changing room and, most recently, the hospitality room for visiting club officials.
With the estimated cost of refurbishing the roof being in the region of £15,000, the club had to explore grant funding streams to try and finance the work. Failure to take the project forward could have had serious implications for the club if it was unable to meet FA Ground Grading requirements of keeping its facilities in good order.
An application was made to Biffa Award in April 2017 and the club received the news they were hoping for in mid-September when they received a formal offer agreement to provide the bulk of the funding for the project, assisted with a smaller grant from Sport Stafford Borough. With this assistance in place, work on the roof will be getting under way at the end of October and will, weather permitting, be completed before the winter sets in. Necessary internal work will then be taken forward to complete the project.
Club Secretary Jim Tunney, said: “The existing clubhouse roof has been in place for over 30 years and the felt covering has considerably deteriorated, causing damage in a number of places. Total refurbishment is now required and the club, quite simply, did not have the finances to take this essential work forward.
"Without grant funding, we would be in serious difficulties. We were delighted to receive the news that our applications to both Biffa Award and Sport Stafford Borough had been successful and are grateful for the assistance they are providing.
"Once completed, our clubhouse should be in good order for many years. Since we host other matches over and above those of our own teams, the grant funding will be helping wider community sporting use”.
Biffa Award Head of Grants, Gillian French, said: “We are proud that Biffa Award has been able to support Eccleshall Football Club with their refurbishment work. We hope that with this Landfill Communities funding, the club will continue to provide an excellent service to the people of Eccleshall.”