The next generation of football players is set to benefit from a £3million programme aimed at improving clubhouse facilities, as Everett Rovers Football Club in Watford becomes the latest club to receive support from Howdens and England Football.
Everett Rovers Football Club (ERFC) was named as one of 450 lucky clubs to receive a state-of-the-art kitchen as part of the Howdens Game Changer Programme which was launched earlier this year with an aim to support grassroots football with improved clubhouse facilities, to bring local communities closer together.
Home to 28 youth teams, ranging from under-6s to under-18s, three adult men’s teams and one adult women’s team, the club is also proud to hold the biggest inclusive youth club in the whole of Hertfordshire, providing children who have a number of different disability and mental health issues with the opportunity to play football.
One of the reasons that the club was chosen for the upgrade was due to the effort it has put in to benefit players and the community by installing brand-new 3G pitches and opening them up to all.
In addition to bringing communities closer together, the pioneering programme will play a vital role in increasing income streams and improving the overall financial health of the Watford-based club, so that it can continue to thrive.
David Preedy, Vice Chairman at ERFC said: “With plenty of teams taking part in training and football matches every weekend, our small clubhouse has grown increasingly busy in recent years.
“Naturally this huge footfall of people means we need better facilities, which is why we’ve been working hard to make improvements since the building opened in 2018. Sadly, due to the cost we’ve only been able to buy the odd cupboard or appliance, so it all looks very basic and mismatched. The new kitchen from Howdens is a real lifeline as it will give the clubhouse a pristine look and will also allow us to keep up with demand, provide more food and drinks, and ultimately increase funds that we can put back into the club.”
Alec London, Depot Manager, Howdens North Watford, added: “An important part of what we do at Howdens is aiming to make a positive impact on local communities, which is why we are delighted to be able to support ERFC.
“There is a lot of attention on grassroots football and what happens on the pitch, but we believe that the off-pitch facilities are just as important. Clubhouses are often the hub of the community, which is why we’re incredibly excited to see the new installation once it’s complete and how it will benefit the club.”
The installation work is due to start in the coming months so the club can benefit from the brand-new kitchen this season.
The Howdens Game Changer programme was launched earlier this year by football legends Jill Scott MBE, and Chris Kamara MBE, who lent their support by driving home the importance of grassroots football and clubhouse facilities on their own careers.
With depots all over the country, Howdens carries one of the largest in-stock ranges in the UK across kitchens, flooring, joinery, and hardware, so that products are readily available, and projects of any size can be completed without delay.
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