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Newmarket Town among a number of clubs to receive Sport England grant

Newmarket Town FC are among a number of clubs in the area to have successfully bid for a grant from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund.

The scheme, which comes from the National Lottery and government funding, was set up to help clubs to negotiate their way through the uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic.

Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Newmarket received in the region of £2,000, and will be using the money to improve the main stand at their Cricket Field Road base.

Newmarket Town FC. Picture: Mark Westley
Newmarket Town FC. Picture: Mark Westley

Chairman Kevin Grainger said: “We are grateful for the support and it will help a lot of clubs.

“We will probably use the money towards the work we are doing on our stand.

“We have already painted the inside of it, now we are working on the outside of it.

“We want our ground to look as good as it can, and we don’t get opportunities like this to do all of the work.”

Another football club on the list of recipients is First Division North outfit Lakenheath, who also recently unveiled a new club badge.

Manager Ben Cowling said: “The award is fantastic news for the club and its volunteers.

“We know that our base costs are covered until July which takes an enormous amount of pressure off the volunteers who run the club.

“These are unprecedented times and the response from Sport England will help ensure that we have grassroots sport to return to in the coming months.”

In total, 67 clubs, which also includes Burwell & Exning Cricket Club and Tuddenham St Mary Bowls Club, have been awarded a share of the £250,000 pot, ranging from £300 to £10,000.

John Clough, director of Active Suffolk, added: “We are delighted to have been able to help so many organisations across Suffolk access this much needed funding support.

“This funding will help clubs with their immediate needs but we must not underestimate the challenges many clubs and organisations will face as the sport and physical activity sector emerges from the current restrictions.”