Article by Ellis Whitehouse: A football club owned by a millionaire is rallying fans to support its application for a share of £100,000.
The FA Trophy and FA Vase sponsor Buildbase is giving four clubs taking part in the competitions this season the chance to transform their facilities through £25,000 worth of building materials each.
Billericay Town FC, owned by businessman Glenn Tamplin, wants fans to help make it one of the lucky clubs to be transformed.
The club, which is looking to extend its clubhouse, has submitted its bid for support from the “£100k Transfer Deal” and fans can help the club by registering their support online by midnight this Sunday.
The club with the most online votes will automatically go through to pitching their renovation plans to Buildbase and the FA at Wembley Stadium next month, along with five other finalists.
Buildbase branches across England will be helping clubs to plan and cost their projects and the merchant is also offering a discount on building materials to clubs taking part in the Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase as well as their fans.
Paul Roche, Managing Director of Buildbase, said:
“Whether you win, lose or draw, we’re supporting grassroots football at every level. This year we’re giving away more opportunities for clubs to transform their facilities. This benefits both the teams and local communities too, so it’s a win-win all round.”
Non-league football champion and TALKSport presenter, Tony Incenzo, is urging fans to support the programme. He said:
“Your local football club serves your community in terms of belonging, diversity and inclusivity for people of all ages. Please support your local club with their application through the Buildbase website to win this fantastic £25,000 worth of building materials.”
The Buildbase renovation programme has been running since the builders’ merchant became the title sponsor of the FA Trophy and Vase in 2016.
So far, building materials worth up to £200,000 have been given away.
Billericay Town FC played in the FA Cup and FA Trophy this season and welcomed Harry Wheeler back as manager earlier this month.
More information can be found at www.buildbase.co.uk
Article by Ellis Whitehouse, The Echo