National Grid supports women’s football

Banwell FC receives £20,000 funding for female changing rooms

Banwell Football Club received a £20,000 grant from National Grid’s Community Grant Fund to finance upgrades to the female changing rooms, in a bid to boost the number of players in their ladies team.

The money was used to install independent changing and shower facilities for use by the growing number of female members and visiting teams in a purpose-built portacabin away from the main clubhouse.

The club only had male changing rooms with no provisions for the ladies team, or female members of the club. Banwell FC hopes the new changing rooms will attract more female representation and help it create a more inclusive and welcoming environment.

Paul White, Chairman at Banwell FC, commented:

“Everyone at Banwell FC are extremely grateful and very excited to have been given a grant from National Grid.”

“This will make a huge difference to our ladies team who were only formed 18 months ago and have gone from a new team to an established team playing weekly fixtures. From everyone at the club we would like to say thank you for your support.”

James Goode, Project Director the of Hinkley Connection Project commented:

“We’re really proud that, through the National Grid community grant fund we can further opportunities for, and access to, sport along the Hinkley Connection Project route, and have already donated thousands of pounds to improve local provisions. I’d like to wish the ladies Banwell FC the very best of luck in attracting new talent and inspiring girls to get involved.”

National Grid’s Community Grant Programme was set up to support communities along the Hinkley Connection Project. Over the course of construction over £1 million has been awarded to parish councils, community groups and charities. Banwell parish council recently received a £500 donation from our contractors to support their work providing food for those most in need.