Rory Encourages Constituency Football Clubs to Apply for New Grant

Following this week’s announcement from Budweiser that they will be investing £1 million directly into grass-roots football in the UK over the next two seasons as part of their FA Cup sponsorship, Rory is encouraging local football clubs to apply for one of Budweiser’s ‘Club Future’ grants. The grants aim to ‘help clubs to help themselves’ by improving any part of their general facilities. 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.

Rory, who is currently the President of Penrith’s Wetheriggs United FC, and who has worked closely with Penrith FC in its negotiations to secure a more permanent leasehold for its club grounds in the town, said: “Football clubs across Penrith and the Border play a vital role in encouraging participation and creating opportunities for people to take part in local and community 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. 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.”

Clubs interested in taking part should contact Rory’s office on 01768 484 114.

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