‘A dream come true’ at Shoreham FC

Tony Incenzo caught up with Shoreham FC to find out how they plan to use their share of the Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal.

Shoreham FC is the latest winner in the Buildbase £100K Transfer Deal – our brilliant initiative set up to improve and renovate the facilities of clubs playing in the Buildbase FA Trophy and Vase competitions.

Lifelong non-league football supporter and TalkSPORT pundit Tony Incenzo travelled to Sussex to see what the club plans to do with the £25,000 worth of building materials.

Tony found that work has already started on the West stand, which was ripped out and condemned as the seating was corroded. All of the old seating has been removed and the wood is being treated, ready to be refitted.

The locals fondly know Shoreham FC as ‘The Musselmen’ – a nod to the town’s ancient mussel picking tradition. Tony met co-chairman Stuart Slaney who made it clear that the club’s roots in the community are still growing strong and are at the heart of their renovation project.

“To win this Buildbase bursary is like a dream come true for the club,” said Stuart. “It will enable us to bring in more youth players especially girls and grow football within the community.

“Hopefully it will allow more parents and older generations, people like granddads and grandmas to come down and stay out of the cold and rain and awful winter weather to be able to sit there and watch football in some kind of comfort.”

Girls’ football is really important to the community project at Shoreham and stage two will see the girls’ changing rooms refurbished.

Stuart explained the extent of the work required to repair the ceiling, mould and leaks. As well as upgrading the plasterboard throughout, they will put up new walls and seating. He said:

“We want to introduce more girls teams into the area. Eventually, in 20 years time, hopefully there’ll be no difference between watching football with men or women, it’s all going to be exactly the same, at the same level.

Shoreham FC has been working with its local Buildbase branch in Crawley to put the product bursary to good use, sourcing materials such as felt roofing, roof boards and rafters, and timber for seating in the West stand and changing rooms.

“Buildbase have done a wonderful thing here”, Stuart said.  “Trying to run a club like this for the community is very very expensive. Clubs like us and across the country do need grants and funding and any help they can get from a national cooperation is absolutely brilliant.

“These uncertain times with Covid-19 have affected all our lives. These kind of sports and football have taken a back seat, but I can’t wait for them all to come back and see everything we’ve done.”

Updates can be found by following @BuildbaseUK on Twitter #Buildbase100KDeal, at Buildbase.co.uk or in branch.