The Robins awarded £43 grant

Neil Redman stretching for the ball for Bosham inside the Cowfold box  Picture by Kate Shemilt C140349-1
Neil Redman stretching for the ball for Bosham inside the Cowfold box Picture by Kate Shemilt C140349-1

THE future’s looking bright for Bosham Football Club as the West Sussex Premier Division side have been recipients of a £43,458 Sport England grant.

The Inspired Facility award is one of the most significant developments in the club’s recent history, and will enable the club to make improvements to the make-up of the dressing rooms and refurbishment of the clubhouse and kitchen.

This magnificent news will also ensure the club can make the necessary upgrades to have a ground fit in readiness for their anticipated return to Sussex County League football – including new dugouts and perimeter railings.

It’s quite a turn-around for the Walton Lane outfit, who only three years ago were on their knees having also suffered a demotion.

Bosham’s commercial manager Simon Jasinski said: “We are extremely grateful to Sport England in identifying our need and supporting our ambition as a club, both in the short and longer term.

“It’s been a lot of hard work to get this far, with phone calls and e-mails exchanged over many months between project manager, Bob Probee, myself and our independent funding guru, Colin Smith – to who we must pay special thanks.”

Chairman, Alan Price, said: “As chairman, I have seen the times at Walton Lane change over the years as the club strives to both cope with change and to improve its future as best it can, despite the increasing challenges that we come up against.

“Members have worked tirelessly to make this possible and the doors that this will open, I believe, will enable the club to be transformed in a way that will surely impress all who visit Walton Lane.

“It makes me so proud to see the club now able to forge ahead with its ambition to return to Sussex League where it belongs, and give us the opportunity to enjoy a new and exciting period in the club’s history.”

Dugouts and railings are already on order and the club hope to meet league deadlines.