Priory get £5k grant to help expand club

MEMBERS of Priory Celtic FC are celebrating after being awarded a £5,000 ‘Grow the Game’ grant from the Football Foundation - the country’s largest sports charity.

The money will allow Priory Celtic to grow and develop their teams in the forthcoming seasons, with a further 150 members expected to join over the next three seasons, thus boosting the number of teams at the club from 20 to over 24..

The main beneficiaries of the grant will be the younger members of the club, with additional mini-soccer teams being created to cope with the demands of local youngsters, particularly girls who are keen to take up the game.

Priory will also be able to train five additional FA qualified coaches.

The club’s general secretary John Harris said: “We are extremely proud to receive the Grow the Game grant and would like to thank the Football Foundation for their assistance.

“The funds will ensure we can maintain our outstanding reputation delivering quality coaching and facilities to all our members over the next few seasons, during which time the club hopes to achieve FA Community Club status.

“We would like to thank Paul Woodward (manager of Kimberley Leisure Centre), Lauren Mellors (FDO Broxtowe Borough Council), Craig Lee (Notts FA) and Linda and staff at the Royal Oak, Watnall for their continued support of the club.”

New Girls Teams

Meanwhile, after the successful girls soccer school initiative run by the club last season, Priory have announced that they will field three new teams this forthcoming season at U9, U11/10 and U12 level.

Priory are therefore seeking new players of all abilities to join the teams who will play their league games on a Sunday competing in the Notts Girls League.

Training recommences at Kimberley Leisure Centre on the following dates.

U12 (new school year seven) - Wednesday, August 24, 6-7pm.

U11/10 (new school year five and six) - Wednesday, August 31, 6-7pm.

All three squads will be overseen by FA coaches in line with Priory’s Charter Standard accreditation.

For further information phone Jenny Elvin on 0115 854 8764 or just arrive and play at the Leisure Centre on the relevant date.

Players should wear appropriate footwear for training on grass and also be wearing shin pads.