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Grant scores a hit with Bideford Association Football Club

Bideford AFC Under 18 Girls Team

The youth teams at Bideford AFC have benefited from a £6,000 community grant donation supported by Councillor and Club President Mervyn Langmead. The grant is part of the New Homes bonus funds that Councillors set aside for redistribution to good causes in the wider Torridge community.

The youth arm of Bideford AFC provide football matches and coaching for young people in and around the Town. The youth section boasts over 250 members across boys, girls and the clubs "ability counts" scheme which encourages participation from those with disabilities. With growing demand the club have also been involved in training young players and parents to become coaches and referees.

The money has been used to refresh the clubs equipment including goals, footballs, bibs, cones, hurdles, ladders, first aid kits, mannequins and other training equipment.

Councillor and Club President Mervyn Langmead said:

"The club is one of Bideford's great success stories in encouraging young players to be more active and join in this great team sport. It's great that we were able to support the grant application and I know that the equipment will be put to good use in training up our next generation of players and coaches."

Neil Blackburn - Bideford AFC secretary said:

"The success of the club and managing 20 teams means there is a huge demand for equipment every year. For example we use over 400 footballs a year and each player is provided with a training and match kit costing £60. Without such grants our ability to make this sport accessible to everyone would be severely reduced and we are very grateful for the continued support of the Council." 

20 November 2017