Sporting cash boost will help towards new changing rooms

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Sporting 87 Football Club are celebrating after receiving thousands of pounds towards constructing new changing rooms at their home ground.

Sporting 87, who play at Victory Sports Ground, have been handed £5,000 by Lloyds Banking Group Community Fund, which will go towards a £2 million refurbishment project.

In partnership with surrounding schools, the club, who pledged to raise £100,000, beat off stiff competition from other community groups to land the prize after polling enough of the public vote organised by Lloyds.

First-team manager Jonathan Warnock insists the cash injection has raised the spirits of all those involved with the club and motivated them to keep at their attempts to reach their target.

“We were obviously really delighted and this sort of money will make a huge difference to the project,” said the 44-year-old.

“We are now quite a big club and have a significant impact in the community and I guess that is why we have done so well, but we are very fortunate.

“As well as football, the ground is used for cricket and rented by schools. It is known for having the best pitches around but the issue is with the changing rooms.

“They have served a purpose for a long time and we are contributing £100,000 to a £2 million project along with local schools to refurbish them.

“We are nearly there and this is a massive contribution. The facilities are used by the wider community and therefore it is not just our club benefiting.”

More than 200,000 people across the UK took part in a public vote between May and September to select the charities they wanted to receive the cash, part of £660,000 Lloyds Banking Group is investing through the Community Fund.

In total, 132 projects are set to receive £5,000 as part of the campaign and Community and Sustainable Business Director Paul Turner said: “We are proud to be able to help Sporting 87 continue the great work they are doing and we look forward to seeing the difference the award will make.”

Lloyds Banking Group, the largest financial services investor in UK communities, has provided funding to 132 organisations around the UK through its Community Fund in 2012. To find out more about the Group’s community investment, visit