MIDLAND League rivals and close neighbours Uttoxeter Town and Rocester, and Staffs County Senior League Leek CSOB, are among Staffordshire clubs that have been awarded a Club Preparation Fund grant by the Staffordshire FA.
Together with the Premier League, the FA and Government’s Football Foundation, the county sports body has been able to award 70 grants across Staffordshire, totalling £35,000.
The bursary, which the Staffs FA says will benefit 857 local football teams, has been given to clubs to be able to re-open in a safe manner, following the coronavirus pandemic.
The grant will help support clubs implement measures such as:
Installing hygiene stations, including hand sanitisers, soap and towel dispensers and waste bins;
Protective screens and contactless payment; Amending any of the premises appliances, that may need adjusting like hand basins and hot water provision;
Inspections due to be carried out on water works, gas and ventilation following a prolonged venue closure.
Across the UK, 9,000 football pitches have been made match-fit thanks to the Football Foundation’s £7 million Pitch Preparation Fund.
Local competitive football resumed with a series of friendlies on Saturday.
Uttoxeter Town emerged 3-2 victors at home to Shropshire's Wellington Amateurs who play in the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division.
Rocester crashed 7-0 at home to FA Trophy semi-finalists Halesowen Town from the Southern League Division One Central.
Leek CSOB were beaten 2-1 by Hanley Town from the North West Counties League.
Picture: Rocester's promising young goalkeeper Charlie Wood.