As part of its Game Changer Programme, kitchen depot Howdens is upgrading kitchen facilities at 450 football clubs across the country including Everett Rovers in Garston.
Alec London, Depot Manager at Howdens North Watford explained: “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.”
The programme was launched earlier this year to support grassroots football with increased clubhouse facilities to bring local communities closer together. Overall, Howdens will be putting £3million towards the project.
Home to 28 youth teams ranging from under-6s to under-18s, Everett Rovers is one of the biggest inclusive youth clubs in the whole of Hertfordshire. The club offers children who have a number of different disability and mental health issues with the opportunity to play football.
According to Howdens, “one of the reasons that Everett Rovers was chosen for the upgrade was the effort it has put in to benefit players and the community by installing brand-new 3G pitches and opening them up to all”.
David Preedy, Vice Chairman at Everett Rovers Football Club, said: “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.”
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.
Photo Credit: Everett Rovers