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By Madeline Lengyel-Leahu

SANDHURST Town Football Club has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds to help transform itself into a modern-day sports complex.

The announcement has delighted the club, which has fought for funding for more than 10 years.

Phil Sigley, chairman of Sandhurst Town Boys and Girls FC, said the £262,375 grant from the Football Foundation would allow the club to revamp its worn-out facilities.

The club hopes the facelift will boost participation in the area, especially in the town's women and girl players.

The cash will ensure much-needed changes can be made to the changing rooms, which will now include female facilities, two match officials' rooms and a social and coaching area.

The club still needs to raise more cash for the project but generous contributions from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Sandhurst Town Council and Marks and Spencer will help make up the deficit.

Club chairman Mr Sigley said: "This has been a marathon task for the club, spanning 10 years of roller-coaster activity.

"The club and the town will greatly benefit from this much improved scheme which facilitates possibilities for growth and provides a much-needed platform from which to improve the quality of the service we offer.

"We are so pleased that the Football Foundation supported the merits of our application, which will give much-needed confidence to the many volunteers upon whom we rely to be on hand every week to ensure the club runs smoothly."

Lord Pendry, chairman of the Football Foundation, welcomed the latest funding package.

He said: "Over £25 million has already been spent by the foundation, ensuring that youngsters get access to the very best football facilities possible.

"This new sports complex will come as a welcome boost for footballers in Sandhurst and I congratulate the club for their open membership policy, ensuring youngsters and adults of all abilities and from all backgrounds get access to the type of infrastructure they deserve."


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