FA Charter Standard Football Club Long Eaton United have received a visit from Helen Grant, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport & Tourism. Long Eaton United, who successfully applied for Grants from Sport England under their “Inspired Facilities” and “Protecting Playing Fields” programmes, received £100,000 which has enabled them to create a superb new 11 aside grass football pitch at Grange Park, Long Eaton as well as lay new Astro pitches at the Club.
The Club has also received further Grants from the Premier League & FA Facilities Fund as well as the Football Foundation which has enabled them to totally refurbish their Clubhouse and significantly improve the Clubs overall Facilities. Speaking on behalf of the Club, Nick Dargan said;
“We very much welcomed Helen’s visit and were delighted to show her the developments at our Club of which we are all very proud. It is great testimony to the tremendous amount of hard work and effort put in by Chairman Jim Fairley and the the Clubs Members in creating a Football Club that is at the heart of the Local Community. As well as the financial support provided by Sport England and The Premier League and FA Facilities Fund we are exceptionally grateful to both the Derbyshire FA and The Football Foundation for their considerable support and guidance. This, along with the help of the Erewash Borough Council and the Derbyshire County Council, has enabled us to create Football Facilities at Long Eaton second to none in the Region”
Minister Helen Grant said: “It was fantastic to see Long Eaton United's facilities, it shows what can be achieved through football and government working together via the Premier League and FA Facilities fund. It is essential to support grassroots organisations such as these, who do so much for football in the local community. I am sure that with continued commitment from the club’s members, we will see great things from Long Eaton United and wish everyone connected with the club the very best of luck for the future.”