Before a ball has even been kicked this season, Glenelg Football Club have reason to celebrate thanks to a £75,000 award to improve their pitch.
The club has been selected as winner of Capital One’s UK-wide ‘Grounds for Improvement’ campaign and has been awarded £75,000 and an additional £5,000 for club funds.
Glenelg was selected from over a thousand entries. The judging panel – featuring a number of experts including former England international Ian Wright and Britain’s oldest Sunday League footballer Derek May – were particularly impressed by the commitment of players and the community which supports them.
The club was nominated by local resident Erica McDonald, who explained the unique challenges posed by Glenelg’s remote location as well as the inadequacy of the current facilities which include an ageing garden shed for changing rooms. Matches are also regularly postponed due to drainage issues.
Erica said: “I still can’t quite believe we’ve won the first prize. The pitch is a focal point for the community and this level of investment will enable us to completely transform the pitch and its facilities to secure its future for years to come. We’re so grateful to Capital One for their support and can’t wait for the work to get started.”
The chief marketing officer at Capital One, Jaidev Janardana, who also acted as a judge on the panel, added: “As sponsors of the League Cup we want to recognise and support supporters at all levels of the game and this is why we launched our Grounds for Improvement campaign back in November.
“With over a thousand entries, selecting a winner wasn’t easy but Glenelg is very deserving of the top prize as their pitch is absolutely at the centre of their community. We’ve been left in absolutely no doubt how much this is going to mean to the village of Glenelg, and I look forward to hearing how the work on the pitch progresses.”
Our photographs show action from recent filming for a ‘Ground For Improvement’ advert in Glenelg with Soccer AM’s Tubes getting in on the action along with local footballers of all ages.