Premier League Supports: How we helped Staveley Miners Welfare

20 Apr 2023

Premier League and Football Foundation help to deliver new facility that brings community together

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Staveley Miners Welfare have a long and proud 140-year history as a grassroots football club, currently playing in the Northern Counties East Division, the 10th tier of the English pyramid.

Now with the help of over £600,000 funding from the Premier League and Football Foundation, Staveley have been able to upgrade their facilities with a new 3G pitch, floodlights and car parking. 

The all-weather pitch is used by over 500 local youngsters weekly from Under-7s to Under-18s, while the club's academy, senior side and two women's teams have also benefited.

"It's brilliant that everyone gets a part of it, everyone gets a slice. It's not just about the first team here," says manager Pat Lindley. "It reaches hundreds of people, this one facility."

The funding has helped foster a greater sense of inclusion among the local community.

"We've been blessed with this pitch," says Maryanne Newbold, the club's welfare officer.  "Everybody wants to be involved. We all get along, everybody is so friendly. It feels good coming here."

Staveley Miners Welfare FC

Staveley became the latest stop for the Premier League Trophy as part of a "Premier League Supports" campaign to highlight the impact of its investment on wider football and communities.

"I'd like to thank the Premier League and the Football Foundation for what they've done in this visit, to see that Trophy you can only dream about," says Staveley chairman Terry Damms.

"All those captains that have touched it, handled it, and there's our little six and nine-year-olds having their photos taken with it. Those photos ought to be retained in the family albums for years to come."

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