Lincolnshire footballers will be hoping some of the £25m announced in this week’s budget will be heading their way.
Over 1600 clubs who are part of the county FA are desperately hoping they will get cash for pitches, kit, coaching and other facilities.
The Chancellor unveiled to the House of Commons, the funding will be enough to build 700 new pitches, and it will go alongside a £300m summer sports recovery package for professional sport.
Ben Turczyn, men’s team Head Coach at Hykeham Tigers, said: “With roughly 43,000 grassroots clubs in the UK that only roughly works out at around £600 per club.
“For a club of our size it would be very minimal, as we have teams from under 7’s to men’s.”
He continued: “Pitch-wise, I think it is an excellent idea and something that needs addressing locally.
“I believe 3G/4G pitches are needed more around Lincolnshire, as everywhere is full up over the winter period so we often have to share pitches and we need more space for practical drills.”
England manager Gareth Southgate was delighted at the news as he spoke to talkSPORT.
“At the moment, it’s heart breaking every weekend to see empty pitches, but when we are back on our feet, sport for kids and getting kids engaged in sport is so important for us for our health and wellbeing.”
A further £1.2m will be invested to help stage the delayed Women’s Euros football tournament in England in 2022, as the Prime Minister aims for the country to “build back fitter” from Coronavirus.