Bradford City FC striker, Billy Clarke, helped open a new pavilion for Salts Juniors FC after they received a cool £226,880 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund.
Clarke, who has played for Crawley Town FC, Blackpool FC and Ipswich Town FC, also had loan spells at Sheffield United FC, Brentford FC, Northampton Town FC, Darlington FC and Colchester United FC. The Bantams’ number 10 scored 13 league goals in his first season in 2014/15 and also played in the club’s historic 4-2 win over Chelsea in the FA Cup.
An injury to the Irishman’s medial ligaments has meant he hasn’t played since August, although that didn’t stop him getting out to Salts Juniors FC and showing his support for grassroots football, cutting the ribbon in front of Salts’ players, coaches and parents.
The club were able to replace leaking, dingy, old changing rooms with a state-of-the-art pavilion. This means that Salts FC’s 42 teams and over 500 players will enjoy new surroundings as they prepare for games. There is also access for wheelchair users and a fully equipped kitchen.
The Football Foundation looks to improve pitches, changing rooms and get more people playing sport with money from the game’s biggest organisations, the Premier League, The FA and the Government (through Sport England).
Since 2000, the Football Foundation has delivered over £1.3 billion of funding into the grassroots!