Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Brading Town Youth Football Club is based on the Isle of Wight, its motto is ‘Developing People through Sport’ and has teams from Under 7 to Under 16.
As an FA Charter Standard Community Club, Brading have spent 5 years following a Development Plan, growing the numbers of players and teams including founding of a Girls section in 2015. Brading have won FA awards for the quality of organisation and coaching in recent years.
However the Isle of Wight has an identified lack of facilities, Brading having to a hire a number of venues across the East Wight. Through not having a ‘home ground’ and more teams to accommodate, this has restricted the number of training opportunities available to players and indeed capped the number of teams and players that could be involved. During the period of the Plan, Brading have made several attempts at finding a base allowing them to expand their provision
Recently, Brading have finally secured a plot of land to convert in to pitches for training and matches. Over the Summer of 2017, a committed group of volunteers have begun to turn an unkempt field in to a playing facility (see pictures). The next step is to ensure that it gets maximum use by the girls and boys belonging to the club and allowing it to attract more players. Brading are next looking to grow their Girls section to offer training from Under 8s to Under 14s whilst also starting a ‘Micro Strikers’ group for girls and boys from 5 years old. This will only be possible by keeping the pitch in good order, maintaining and building on the work already done.
It is a priority to purchase a ride-on mower to manage the pitch, saving money on contractors’ fees and cutting the labour required from volunteers who have, so far, toiled with ‘domestic’ push mowers and hand tools.
Finally, the changing rooms are a near-derelict converted cowshed with only a single outside toilet, a revamp of these would make a enormous difference. Any kind of donation would give all of the volunteers real reward for the many hours of hard work put in to the ground whilst allowing players and coaches to feel that they really have a home to be proud of.

Brading Town Youth Football Club

The new pitch epitomises the 'family' that is Brading . When volunteers were asked for they came from across the teams and age groups, from players to coaches to parents all willing to help get the project started. There is already a sense of pride in achievement that we are so keen to build upon.

Location: Brading