PLANS for a new £1m community sports facility at the Pirelli Stadium have received a boost after another business signed up to support the project.
Burton Albion Community Trust is looking to businesses to help provide the final funding for an artificial pitch which will be for community use and which will benefit a wide range of clubs and organisations.
The project has secured nearly £850,000 of funding from The Premier League and the FA Facilities Fund.
Now, Raygar Architectural & Engineering Supplies Ltd is the latest company to back the BACT fundraising drive with managing director Ray Garlick handing over a cheque for £2,000, bringing the total received to £920,000.
Raygar is an independent supplier of ironmongery, tools and fixings based in Derby.
Ray said: “Somewhere along the line, communities have lost their way with the number of kids playing football. When I was seven, parks were full. We need to find ways of getting kids back to being healthy and playing sport again and that means providing them with facilities like this.
“It’s also important for football clubs to be involved in the community, so it’s all positive.
“I played football for a long time and it’s nice for me to be able to put something back that will help kids develop in the future.”
BACT has secured donations from Trent and Dove, The Consolidated Charity of Burton and the East Staffordshire Local Neighbourhood Development Fund.
It is now asking businesses to help bridge the funding gap.
Any business interested in supporting the project can go to Just Giving at www.justgiving.com/bact to donate.
Or, the following package has been created for businesses to support – which can be tailored to any firm’s particular needs.
For £2,000 businesses receive:
– Business logo on a ‘Partners’ Board’
– Invite to official opening of the venue and recognition within launch literature
– Discounted hire fees in line with local partner clubs
– Free annual partners’ tournament
– Logo on facility page on BACT website
In addition to the above there is an opportunity for a main ‘Facility Partner’. If anyone is interested in this option contact firstname.lastname@example.org