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Bridlington Town Lose Out On Share Of £100k

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Published at 7:01am 11th January 2020.

Bridlington Town has lost out on a share of £100,000 from a national competition.

The club went to Wembley last month to pitch for £25,000 worth of building materials to improve their facilities in the Buildbase £100k Transfer Deal 2019.

They were against five other non-league football clubs and only two would have received the money each. 

Pete Smurthwaite, Chairman of Bridlington Town, explains what they would have spent it on, if they had won:

"Well we've got a major project hopefully coming up in summer; where we're going to demolish and rebuild our clubhouse and bar area.

The building's 35 years old, it's a modular building and it's past its sell-by date, costing a lot in maintenance.

We'd have to replace it with a modular building."

The renovation programme is a national competition open to clubs playing in the Buildbase FA Trophy or Buildbase FA Vase. 

The winners have been named as Barton Rovers and Stowmarket Town. 

Pete explains why they lost:

"We were looking for this as a part contribution towards an overall scheme.

What they were saying were that they would prefer to give money to a club where it would give them virtually the complete funding, for whatever it was they were bidding for.

For example, if somebody was wanting to put floodlights up, did that £25,000 cover the whole cost?"

The £25k would have been a very, fairly small part contribution of our scheme; and although I'm disappointed that we didn't make the final selection, I'm not dispirited because we'll still go ahead and push on with the scheme.

We've already secured European funding and we're waiting for an answer from the Football foundation in three weeks time; and with the other major lump of money, once we have that, then we'll be pushing on with the procurement."

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