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Championing non-league clubs and building a better community, in 2016 we launched the Buildbase Club Renovation Programme and by 2018 selected clubs competing in The Buildbase FA Vase and The Buildbase FA Trophy had been awarded £200,000 worth of building supplies to help them renovate their club facilities.
Since 2019, to give more non-league clubs the opportunity to renovate their club and grounds, we launched the Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal in January 2019 awarding £25,000 worth of building materials to 4 clubs each season. Projects pitched benefit not just the players and fans, but the community too.
In 2021, following the Coronavirus pandemic, we launch the Buildbase £50K Community Club Award, providing two clubs who have gone above and beyond to support their communities throughout 2020 the chance to win £25,000 worth of building materials for club renovations, to improve the facilities and accessibility for the people in their local area.
For 2022, Buildbase offered even more clubs the opportunity to renovate their facilities. As previous winners often refurbished a kitchen or changing room / toilet area, we launched the Buildbase Non-League Club Renovation giving £10,000 worth of building materials to 10 clubs so they could transform their changing rooms/toilets or kitchen/bar area. This gave clubs the focus to invest in spaces to improve the their offering to women and girls teams, disabled players and spectators, and community and charity events.
April 2021 Buildbase £50K Community Club Award winners: Shildon AFC and Pontefract Collieries FC
Shildon AFC plan to use the £25,000 worth of Buildbase building materials to create a community garden, café and outdoor activity area for walking football, boules and a space for kids’ holiday clubs and events.
PONTEFRACT COLLIERIES FC
Pontefract Collieries FC plan to use the £25,000 worth of Buildbase building materials to build a new kitchen to support their community food hub, as well as renovate facilities to be more accessible to disabled people.
May 2020 Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal winners: Round 2 – Shoreham FC and Basford United FC
FA Vase club Shoreham FC will use the building materials to improve facilities to attract more youth and girls teams.
BASFORD UNITED FC
FA Trophy club Basford United FC will triple the capacity of its clubhouse so that more community groups can use its facilities.
January 2020 Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal winners: Round 1 - Stowmarket Town FC and Barton Rovers FC
STOWMARKET TOWN FC
FA Vase club Stowmarket Town FC have won £25k worth of build, hire and electrical supplies. The materials will be used to build a new west stand to attract more people into the club.
BARTON ROVERS FC
Work is underway as Barton Rovers FC plan to extend their club house to include disabled toilets, a female changing area and refreshment facilities for spectators.
March 2019 Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal winners: Round 1 - AFC Darwen and Tadcaster Albion AFC
AFC Darwen have now completed their renovations and have transformed their changing rooms to rivial that of Wembley Stadium! AFC Darwen also have a brand new 3G pitch and tarmacking of the perimeter - making a huge difference to the men, women, girls and boys who play and train there each week.
TADCASTER ALBION AFC
Work is currently on-going at Tadcaster Albion AFC as they use their £25K worth building materials to renovate the facilities that were devastated in the floods of 2015. The project includes developing external toilets as well as creating a hospitality area, first-aid room and junior storage facility.
June 2019 Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal winners: Round 2 - Barnoldswick Town FC and Weymouth FC
BARNOLDSWICK TOWN FC
Barnoldswick Town FC will be improving access to the club’s facilities as well as updating and redecorating the club house with new carpets, a bar area and furniture. More coming soon.
Weymouth FC will be improving the access to the club for disabled people, along with building a brand new stand. More coming soon.
May 2018 Buildbase Renovation winners - Needham Market FC and Cheadle Town FC
NEEDHAM MARKET FC
The materials supplied have gone into the construction of a new, two-storey building for Needham Market, which houses changing rooms, community café and multi-purpose function room.
Robert Peace, Operations & Academy Director, said: “Sport plays a big role in the community and we will be providing a facility where players, spectators and families can take pride in the football we play here"
CHEADLE TOWN FC
Cheadle Town have been able to completely refurbish its clubhouse, including the bar area, buying new furniture, lighting, carpets and a fresh coat of paint.
As a result, the clubhouse is now hired for external network meetings, yoga classes, children’s play sessions and women’s football coaching courses – all bringing new revenue into the club.
April 2017 Buildbase Renovation winners - Hanwell Town FC and Cleethorpes Town FC
HANWELL TOWN FC
With a focus on community and team areas, Hanwell Town installed a new kitchen, revamped the bar area and installed a new ceiling in the clubhouse.
Outside they created a small children's play area / garden for the onsite nursery, and built a perimeter wall around most of the ground and car park.
CLEETHORPES TOWN FC
The Buildbase Club Renovation allowed Cleethorpes Town to return to their home ground at the Linden Club, renovating their facilities to meet ground grading requirements including perimeter barriers, covered standing and concreted areas for a grandstand.
David Mann, vice-chairman, said: “We would never have been able to get home to the Linden Club without Buildbase."
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