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18th February 2020

Barry junior football club scores cash boost for new facilities

BY: Nathan Spackman

A junior football club in Barry is preparing to give its changing rooms a much-needed facelift, after receiving funding from a regional housebuilder.

Barry Athletic Football Club has been handed £1,000 by Persimmon Homes East Wales through its Community Champions scheme.

Each month the housebuilder donates up to £1,000 each to two groups or individuals in the area.

The community club provides sporting opportunities to more than 200 local children aged four to 14.

The donation will contribute towards renovating the changing facilities at the Paget Road ground, which are in need of an upgrade.

The overall cost of the project is set to be £3,000, of which £2,000 has now been raised following this donation.

The new facilities will be shared between the football club and the Barry Athletic Cricket Club, which will use the changing rooms in the summer months.

Club chairman Adrian Gratton, who applied for the funding on behalf of Barry Athletic Football Club, said: “We are so grateful for the donation.

“The changing facilities are currently in dire condition, so a renovation is very much needed. The club has raised just over £1,000 so far thanks to a quiz and races night.

“The donation is huge boost as we look to complete the project before the winter months.”

Victoria Williams, sales director for Persimmon Homes East Wales, said: “It’s great to get behind Barry Athletic Football Club.

“They play a big part in the community, providing opportunities for over 200 children. We hope the new changing facilities help the club continue their great work.”

Persimmon Homes is currently building new homes in Barry as part of the major waterfront regeneration project. There are currently apartments and houses available at Persimmon’s South Haven development, with prices starting from £119,995.

Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01446 500 893 for more information.

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