Development Grants

Friday 8th July 2016


The following statement was released by the Football Foundation today!

Reproduced below in full

Felixstowe and Walton United Community Social Club awarded £269,594 for new changing pavilion

Grassroots sport in Felixstowe is set to benefit from a major cash injection following the news that Felixstowe & Walton United Community Social Club have been awarded a grant of £269,594 from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund. The Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) also contributed £88,000 towards the works.

Funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the Government, via Sport England, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund is delivered by the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has supported more than 14,000 grassroots projects worth over £1.3 billion.

The grant will enable the club to replace their 70-year-old cricket pavilion to cater for 21 junior teams and 3 adult teams. Further to benefitting players and fans, local groups and organisations will also be able to hire the facility out for events and meetings. The new facility will comprise: four changing rooms; two officials’ rooms; spectator toilets; kitchen facilities and a large clubroom.

The club is working in partnership with the Football Foundation and Suffolk FA to establish a five-year Football Development Plan (FDP) that is expected increase on-site football participation by 109%. 

Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded 36 grants worth £8m across Suffolk towards grassroots sports projects worth nearly £22m with money generously provided by our funders: the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.

By providing more high-quality facilities, coupled with coaching at the appropriate age group, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund aims to improve the experience for regular players as well as attracting new players to the game. Many of the new state-of-the-art facilities will serve to strengthen the connection between professional football clubs and their local communities, particularly in the most deprived areas of the country, through the professional clubs’ community trusts’ outreach work.

Chris Daynes, Facilities Manager at Felixstowe & Walton United Community Social Club Ltd and Development Officer at Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club, said: “This substantial grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund will help transform the facilities and make a huge difference to the current users of the ground and enable the Football Club to grow and continue its development plan for existing and future generations of footballers in Felixstowe.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “Congratulations should go to Felixstowe & Walton United Community Social Club for working with the Suffolk FA to secure this Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund grant.

For more information, please contact:

  • Chris Daynes on 07415 886 803 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Michael Boniface on 0345 345 4555 Ext: 4292 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Friday 17th June 2016

It was just the kind of news you like for the weekend, if you are the guy working on the Seasiders development fund!

On Friday 17th June the club received a letter (extracts below) from Felixstowe Town Council.


Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club

Grant Application to Felixstowe Town Council

Your recent application to Felixstowe Town Council for grant funding was considered by the Council’s Civic & Community Committee at its meeting of Wednesday 15 June 2016.

There was a high demand for funding at this round and Committee decided to make an award grant to your organisation of £1,000 towards the construction of the new build clubhouse and changing rooms.

On behalf of Felixstowe Town Council I would like to thank you for your application. Members would be very pleased to learn how the funds were able to support your activities

Yours sincerely,

Debbie Frost

Finance Administration Officer

Felixstowe Town Council


It’s one more step towards the final total and the club are extremely grateful to the council for the grant, times are tough for all councils at present with great demands on any cash they may have available.  

Chris Daynes said

"We are extremely grateful for this generous grant from the Town Council, which comes on top of several councillors also giving individual contributions from their Enabling Communities Budgets.

It takes us another step closer to completing the funding plan for our new facilities and helps keep the project on schedule for groundworks to begin later this Summer!"


Wednesday 15th June 2016

The club today received the letter (Press Release), shown below in its entirety, that confirms the first of three major grants .

An ambitious project to provide Felixstowe and Walton United Football Club’s players and visiting teams with a place to change and relax has received a funding boost from The Veolia Environmental Trust.

We have awarded the team a grant of £50,000. It will be used to help fund the creation of new changing rooms and a clubhouse at the club’s Goldstar Ground on Dellwood Avenue.

The new building, which will replace a 70 year old cricket pavilion that the club currently uses, will have four changing rooms, two rooms for officials, a clubroom, a medical room and spectator facilities. As well as it being used by players and fans, local groups and organisations will also be able to hire parts of it for events and meetings.

The grant is one of 43 awarded by our Board to community and environmental projects in England, with a grant total being over £980,000. We award grants through the Landfill Communities Fund and since 2005 we have awarded over £198,000 to 10 projects in Suffolk.

We will now start working with the club to finalise the project’s details, including its start date, so that work can begin as soon as possible.

The club’s Development and Facilities Officer, Chris Daynes, says, “This grant is great news for the club, the players and our fans. The new building will be an excellent addition to the ground and Felixstowe.”

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “This project will transform the club’s facilities for the benefit of the players, supporters and the wider community. We are seeing an ongoing reduction in the amount of funds that we can award, so the club needs to be congratulated on securing this grant in an extremely competitive environment.”

Press information issued by Oliver Blackburn

tel: 01902 794 669

Project No: 5193

The Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) is an tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with ENTRUST as Environmental Bodies (EBs).  EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 4.2%) against their landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.   

Since its inception in 1996, over £1.3bn billion has been spent on more than 51,000 projects across the UK. For further information, please visit or see HMRC’s general guide to Landfill Tax.

The Veolia Environmental Trust has been supporting community and environmental projects through the Landfill Communities Fund for 19 years. Since we were established in 1997, Veolia has supported us by contributions of over £67 million, enabling us to award 2070 grants to projects.

We have helped fund a diverse range of projects, including the repair of woodland footpaths, the renovation of community halls and the installation of playgrounds and play areas. For more information, or to find out how to apply for funding, visit our website


This generous grant is the culmination of 6 months hard work, particularly by Colin Butcher and Caroline Smith from Castele Consulting. The Veolia bid was a competition, in which all applicants go through a rigorous process before the panel selects the projects that will provide the most value for their grant budget and make the biggest difference to communities. It's testament to how strong our application is that we were among the 25% of bids that were successful in receiving this funding.
This grant has also helped us unlock other substantial partner funding that we hope to announce in the coming days and weeks.
I hope that this news shows everyone that the project we've talked about for so long is about to become reality and encourages people to help us raise the remainder of the clubs own proportion of the funding

Chris Daynes

15th June 2016